Lions bring back DT Andre Fluellen -- for the ninth time

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions have encountered their yearly dosage of the Flu.

Not the actual virus, of course, but what seems to be an annual tradition with the franchise: The re-signing of defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, who worked out for the club Wednesday and signed later in the day. It marked the ninth time he has either signed or re-signed with the team.

The 30-year-old Fluellen was with Buffalo during training camp and for parts of the 2015 regular season but was cut Friday. He did not appear in a game with the Bills.

The 2008 third-round pick by the Lions has played in 77 career games, making 65 tackles with 4.5 sacks. He had one of the better seasons of his career in 2014 with the Lions, making 10 tackles with two sacks.

With the Lions putting Tyrunn Walker on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending injury Monday night against Seattle, it opened up a spot for Fluellen to return.

Here’s a breakdown of all of Fluellen’s signings with the Lions:

Fluellen was drafted by Detroit in the third round in 2008 and signed with the team. He re-signed with the Lions as a restricted free agent in 2011 and then again as an unrestricted free agent in 2012. After spending some time with Miami following his release from the Lions in 2012, he once again signed with Detroit on Dec. 11, 2012.

That covers his first four times signing with Detroit.

After signing with and being released by Chicago during the offseason in 2013, he signed again with Detroit in 2013 (No. 5). He was cut by the Lions and re-signed again in September 2013 (No. 6). He re-signed again with Detroit in March 2014 (No. 7), was released after training camp and then re-signed again Nov. 3, 2014, after Nick Fairley injured his knee (No. 8).

No. 9 came Wednesday in replacing Walker.

Fluellen is expected to slide into a defensive tackle rotation with Haloti Ngata, Caraun Reid, Gabe Wright and Jermelle Cudjo.