Lions addressing special teams

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

Just making sure you saw this report from ESPN.com’s John Clayton: Detroit has signed veteran linebacker Vinny Ciurciu, presumably to help their special teams coverage.

Ciurciu was a special teams ace with Carolina earlier this decade, but he was largely a disappointment after Minnesota signed him to a premium free-agent contract in 2007. He managed eight special teams tackles in 15 games last season, after which the Vikings released him. Ciurciu was among New England’s final cuts.

To make room for Ciurciu on the roster, the Lions placed defensive end Copeland Bryan on injured reserve.

All the same, it’s encouraging that the Lions aren’t sitting pat after their kickoff and punt coverage proved especially weak in the first six games of the season. Opponents are starting their average drive at the 31.2-yard line, the worst mark in the NFL.