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Don Carey | Defensive Back | #26

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/14/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 202
College: Norfolk State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 6 (177) / CLE
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Lions S Don Carey was forced from Sunday's game against the Packers with a hamstring injury, and will not return.
Carey was playing nickel back against the Packers. He took an Eddie Lacy fumble 40 yards to the house before going down. Mohammed Seisay is now in the slot. Sun, Sep 21, 2014 02:54:00 PM

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The Lions signed S Don Carey to a three-year extension at some point during the 2013 regular season.

The deal was never reported by the media, but the NFLPA database has Carey under Detroit's control through 2016. He was previously only signed through 2013. Although Carey has been a liability when pressed into action at safety and slot corner, he's contributed 21 special teams tackles the past two seasons.
Tue, Jan 7, 2014 07:37:00 AM

Lions re-signed signed S Don Carey to a one-year, $630,000 extension through 2013.

Carey was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason. He was signed on the first day of November with the Detroit secondary experiencing a slew of injuries. Carey, 26 in February, then started six games down the stretch and recorded two interceptions with five pass break-ups. The Lions would likely prefer him to be a third safety and special teams player in 2013.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 11:52:00 PM

Lions signed DB Don Carey.

Carey was with the Lions in camp before getting released with an injury settlement. He's on as secondary depth with Louis Delmas (knee) banged up again, Amari Spievey (concussion) in doubt and Bill Bentley (shoulder) out for the year.
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 11:18:00 AM

Lions released DB Don Carey with an injury settlement.

Carey was on injured reserve after being waived/injured last Monday. A special teamer and reserve safety for the Lions last season, Carey is just two years removed from starting 10 games for the Jaguars. He could draw interest as a mid-season special teams fill-in.
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 10:26:00 PM

Lions waived/injured DB Don Carey and TE Nathan Overbay.

A special teamer and reserve safety, Carey appeared in five games last season, making 11 tackles. A third-year pro, Overbay has yet to appear in a game.
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 05:00:00 PM

Lions DB Don Carey sustained a concussion in Week 15.

Carey took a blind-side hit to the head on kickoff coverage last week. Unlike FS Chris Harris, the special teamer has yet to be cleared for a return to practice.
Fri, Dec 23, 2011 09:32:00 AM

Lions signed S Don Carey, formerly of the Jaguars.

Carey was cut by the Jags before the season after totaling 36 tackles in 15 games last year. He'll add depth in Detroit with backup safety Erik Coleman out for the season.
Tue, Oct 25, 2011 05:13:00 PM

Jaguars S Don Carey said X-rays on his neck came back negative and he expects to be fine.

Carey may be doing well health-wise, but his wallet is likely to be hurting soon. He's expected to be fined for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Jason Witten.
Mon, Nov 1, 2010 11:35:00 AM

Jaguars DB Don Carey left Sunday's game against the Cowboys in the fourth quarter with a neck sprain.

Carey laid a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jason Witten and he took the worst of it. Carey stayed down on the field for some time but walked off under his own power.
Sun, Oct 31, 2010 03:37:00 PM

Normally a cornerback, Jaguars DB Don Carey saw "about 30 snaps at safety" in Week 5, according to coach Jack Del Rio.

"Don has done a nice job in his increased role," Del Rio said. "We're looking to develop. We feel like we've made some strides in that area." Added Carey, "The more you can do, the better. Finally got a shot to get in the game, it felt good."
Tue, Oct 12, 2010 09:44:00 AM

2009 sixth-round pick Don Carey ran with the Jaguars' first-team defense in place of disgruntled CB Rashean Mathis at Monday's OTA.

Carey, whom the Jaguars stole off waivers from the Browns last summer, spent his first year on injured reserve. Assuming Mathis regains his starting spot by Week 1, Carey looks to have an inside track on the nickel back job.
Mon, May 17, 2010 03:19:00 PM

Don Carey and Scott Starks are the leading contenders for the Jaguars' nickel back job, according Vic Ketchman of the team's official site.

Rashean Mathis and Derek Cox form an up-and-coming starting corner duo, but the depth in the secondary has to be a major concern. Starks is always hurt and Carey is a project out of Norfolk State.
Thu, May 13, 2010 10:54:00 AM

Jaguars placed CB Don Carey (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Carey, a sixth-round pick out of Norfolk State, has some talent and could make the team in 2010. The Jaguars also waived rookies Maurice Dupree, Clarence Denmark, Tyler Lorenzen and Jervonte Jackson.
Tue, Sep 1, 2009 11:01:00 AM

One league source called the Jaguars' claiming of injured CB Don Carey off waivers from the Browns "unethical."

The source believes there's some sort of protocol the Jags didn't abide by. While the Browns didn't expect it to happen, they took the risk and paid for it. Carey is a promising young talent. He's going to miss the season due to shoulder surgery, but will have good shot at a roster spot in 2010.
Sat, Aug 15, 2009 07:28:00 PM

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