Lions awarded QB O'Connell

Updated: September 2, 2009, 12:46 PM ET
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The Detroit Lions made a waiver claim and were awarded former New England Patriots quarterback Kevin O'Connell, who was released on Sunday.

Coming off an 0-16 season, the Lions had priority waiver claim status over the other 31 teams in the league. They also had a need for a quarterback.

That's because quarterback Drew Stanton has torn knee cartilage and could have arthroscopic surgery as soon as Wednesday.

The third-string quarterback was a second-round draft ...

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