DENVER - AUGUST 21: Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions leads his team against the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 21 2010 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NFL Roster Cuts: Lions Finalize 53-Man Roster, Practice Squad

The Lions trimmed their roster down to 53 players on Saturday and finalized it on Sunday.

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Detroit Lions Announce Practice Squad

The Detroit Lions made their practice squad official this morning, announcing that seven players have been signed to it:

WR Tim Toone
WR Mike Moore
C Dan Gerberry
DT Robert Callaway
LB Caleb Campbell
CB Jonathan Hefney
CB Paul Pratt

The Lions have room for one more player if they want to add another body. For now, though, it appears they are content moving forward with these seven players. All of them were on the Lions' roster prior to Saturday's cutdown, so they know the system and will help serve as the scout team in practice.


NFL Roster Cuts: Lions Claim Stefan Logan, Release Rocky Boiman

In addition to claiming Spencer Havner off waivers, the Lions have also claimed Stefan Logan, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers. To make room on the roster, linebacker Rocky Boiman was released.

Logan is a return specialist. His position is technically wide receiver, but he is being brought in to be a returner, as he set the Steelers single-season record for kick return yards a year ago.

Boiman was just signed last week after DeAndre Levy injured his groin. Whether or not letting him go means Levy is expected to be ready to play next Sunday is unclear, but the Lions had seven linebackers on the roster, giving them the flexibility to let go of Boiman.


NFL Roster Cuts: Lions Adjust 53-Man Roster By Claiming Spencer Havner, Releasing Dennis Northcutt

Although the final round of NFL roster cuts was held yesterday, the Lions are not done adjusting their roster just yet. Just as last year following the final round of cuts, they have already made a move by claiming a player released by another team off waivers. A few moves like that were made this time last year, and today the Lions made one by claiming Spencer Havner off waivers.

Havner was released yesterday by the Packers. He started his career as a linebacker and converted to tight end last offseason. In 2009, he appeared in all 16 games, starting once for Green Bay. In total, he had seven catches for 112 yards and four touchdowns.

In order to make room on the roster for Havner, the Lions released Dennis Northcutt. That means that Detroit has four receivers and four tight ends on the roster right now.


NFL Roster Cuts: Dré Bly Among Lions Final Cuts Saturday

The Detroit Lions had until 6 p.m. ET to trim their roster to the required 53 players on Saturday. Some of the cuts were announced earlier today, with surprising names like Jon Jansen and Ko Simpson among them.

But one of the biggest names was saved for last, in cornerback Dré Bly. Here are the final cuts just announced, courtesy of’s Tom Kowalski:

Running Backs: DeDe Dorsey

Wide Receivers: Brian Clark, Tim Toone, Michael Moore

Offensive Tackles: Jon Jansen, Cliff Louis

Offensive Guards: Noah Franklin

Offensive Centers: Dan Gerberry

Defensive Tackles: Rob Callaway, Landon Cohen

Linebackers: Caleb Campbell, Vinny Ciurciu

Cornerbacks: Dré Bly, Eric King, Paul Pratt, T.J. Rushing, Dante Wesley, Jonathan Hefney

Safety: Ko Simpson

Kicker: Steven Hauschka

Earlier in the day, the Lions also acquired cornerback Alphonso Smith from the Denver Broncos, in exchange for tight end Dan Gronkowski. That squeezed at least one defensive back off the roster, though it’s not clear who Smith supplanted.

Gronkowski would likely have been among the final cuts, as well, had he not been traded to Denver.

Click over to SB Nation's Detroit Lions blog, Pride of Detroit, for more on the team's roster moves and their progress toward next Sunday's Week 1 opener versus the Bears in Chicago.

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