Fuehne signs with Lions

By Ted Ward, @TedWard_DE

Another SIU football player is a part of an NFL roster. 

Shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday, Saluki tight end Adam Fuehne signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Lions.

Fuehne played in all 11 games last season, catching 25 passes and hauling in two touchdowns.


The Damiansville native averaged more than 12 yards per reception in his four years in maroon, catching 45 passes in 45 games with four career touchdowns.

Fuehne had a career-high 130 receiving yards in a one-point loss against Indiana to open the 2015 season.

He’ll join former Saluki tight end MyCole Pruitt in the NFC North after Pruitt was drafted in the fourth round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2015. If Fuehne makes the Lions roster, the two will face each other twice, once on Nov. 6 and a Thanksgiving Day matchup on Nov. 24.

The Lions finished last season with a 7-9 record and lost All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson to retirement. Fuhene will join six other tight ends in Detroit, highlighted by Eric Ebron, who has 72 receptions, 785 yards and six touchdowns since the Lions drafted him 10th overall in 2014.

Fuehne will report to Lions training camp July 29.

Ted Ward can be reached at [email protected] or 618-534-3303