Lions Roster 2012 Update: Detroit Begins Getting Down To 75 Players

August 25, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz stands on the sideline during action against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 31-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Lions have begun cutting players to reach the 75-man roster limit.

The Detroit Lions have begun cutting players as the deadline to pare down their roster to 75 quickly approaches. So far on Monday, reports have come out that four Lions have been let go. Teams must have their rosters slimmed down by 4 p.m. ET on Monday.

Former Penn State running back Stephfon Green was cut, according to Howard Shatsky. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has reported three others have been released. Fullback James Bryant, a 26-year-old out of Louisville, was let go as well as fourth-year wideout Jarett Dillard and the rookie kicker out of Illinois, Derek Dimke.

Dimke's release means that long-time kicker Jason Hanson out of Washington State University will play his 21st season with the Lions. Hanson is the fourth-leading scorer all-time in the National Football League.

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