Don Carey (cornerback)

Don Carey

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Carey in 2014.
No. 26Detroit Lions
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-02-14) February 14, 1987
Place of birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Norfolk (VA) Washington
College: Norfolk State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Special Teams Solo Tackle Leader (2015)
  • 2× Second-team All-MEAC (2007, 2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Tackles: 168
Pass deflections: 8
Interceptions: 3
Forced Fumbles: 1
Fumble Recoveries: 2
Player stats at

Don Juan Carey III (born February 14, 1987) is an American football safety for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Norfolk State.

He has also been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early years

Prior to attending Norfolk State, Carey went to Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia.[1]

Don's younger brother Donte plays defensive back for Grand Valley State, a Division II school in Allendale, MI

Professional career

After starting for four seasons at Norfolk State, Carey was considered a "draftable" cornerback prospect prior to the 2009 NFL Draft.

Cleveland Browns

Carey was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round, 177th overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft. He was waived/injured by the Browns on August 6, 2009 due to a shoulder injury.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Carey was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 7, 2009. He was placed on injured reserve on September 1.

Carey was waived by the Jaguars prior to the start of the 2011 season.[2]

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions signed Carey on October 25, 2011. He was released on August 20, 2012, and was re-signed on November 1, 2012 after CB Bill Bentley was placed on IR. He saw action in nine games (six starts), providing an immediate impact on defense and special teams, totaling 12 special teams tackles (10 solo) to go along with his 27 tackles (19 solo) on defense.

In 2013, Carey was a versatile option at nickel and a source of stability to the Lions secondary and special teams coverage unit. Totaled 19 tackles (16 solo), two pass defenses and finished second on the team in special teams tackles with 11 (eight solo). He had a breakout performance at Pittsburgh on November 17th where he started at linebacker and had a career-high nine tackles.

In 2014, Carey missed only three games due to a hamstring injury, and started three of his 13 games. Finished the season with seven tackles (six solo), one fumble recovery and five special teams tackles. On January 10, 2014, Carey signed a three-year contract extension with the Lions.[3]

In 2015, Carey led the NFL in solo special teams tackles with 14, and tied for second in total special teams tackles with 16. He recorded a special teams tackle in 11 of the 16 games during the season.

Carey signed a one-year contract extension with the Lions through 2017 on November 16, 2016.[4]


  1. Don Carey combine profile
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars cutdown analysis
  3. Rothstein, Michael (January 10, 2014). "Reports: Lions sign Carey to extension". Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  4. Mathews, Ryan (November 16, 2016). "Lions sign Don Carey to extension through 2017 season".

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