NFL Roster Cuts: Lions Get Down To 53 Players

The Detroit Lions have trimmed their roster down to 53 players.

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Lions To Add Drayton Florence, According To Report

The Detroit Lions have reached an agreement with veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, according to NBC's Pro Football Talk blog.

The report confirms the rumor started by Detroit receiver Kassim Osgood. On Saturday, Osgood tweeted a welcome message to Florence, his former teammate with the San Diego Chargers.

Florence was released by the Denver Broncos this past week, and he brings nine years of NFL experience to the Lions. He most recently played with the Buffalo Bills, where he recorded at least 50 tackles in the past three seasons. In the past two seasons, he had three interceptions each.

Florence has career numbers of 441 tackles and 17 interceptions.

The Lions will need to release a player from their 53-man roster to complete the signing. Secondary players Jonte Green and Ricardo Silva are potential candidates.

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Lions Roster Update: Kellen Moore Makes Final Roster

The final player released by the Lions on Friday was wide receiver Patrick Edwards, per Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, thus solidifying rookie quarterback Kellen Moore a roster spot with the team.

Edwards, an undrafted rookie from the University of Houston, performed well in practices and reportedly had a serious shot at the final roster, but recorded just four receptions in the preseason for a total of 31 yards. The lack of in-game production likely cost the receiver and may have led to his release.

Fellow undrafted rookie, Kellen Moore, did earn a spot on the final roster, though. The all-time winningest collegiate quarterback and two-time All American went undrafted due to concerns about his size and arm strength, but won coaches over and convinced them to keep a third quarterback despite completing 52.6% of his preseason passes including two interceptions to just one touchdown.

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Lions Roster Update: Dan Gerberry Released

Dan Gerberry's time with the Lions has reportedly come to an end Friday, as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the team has released the center.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009 out of Ball State, he made the practice squad and then was pulled up to the active roster that December to fill in for an injured player. After that, Gerberry spent both the 2010 and 2011 seasons on the Detroit practice squad, but never again made the active roster.

With three seasons on the practice squad, Gerberry is now ineligible for a fourth season with the designation and the release likely means the end of the road for the offensive lineman with the team.

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Lions Roster Update: Team Expected To Release Andre Fluellen, Six Others

Rounding out the remaining cuts for the Detroit Lions, Tim Twentyman of the official website of the Lions reported Friday afternoon that the team is expected to release seven more players.

Among the players set to be released is defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, a third round pick of the team in the 2008 NFL Draft. The defensive tackle played in 51 games over four seasons with the team, including starts in five games, and was set to begin his fifth season with the team.

Also expected to be released, per Twentyman, is WR Maurice Stovall. Stovall, a third round pick by the Buccaneers in 2006, signed with the Lions prior to the 2011 season on a one-year contract. At the conclusion of the season in which he only finished with one reception, the Lions decided to re-sign the receiver on another one-year deal.

Rounding out the final group set to be released are G Rodney Austin, S Reshard Langford, WR Lance Long, CB Justin Miller and former second round draft pick DE Everette Brown. Brown, a former Panthers and Chargers defensive end didn't record a sack in the preseason and hasn't had one since the 2010 season.

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Lions Roster Update: 11 Players Informed Of Their Impending Release

On the last Friday before the 2012 NFL season begins on Thursday, each team must cut their rosters down to a maximum of 53 players. These final cuts see the release of about 700 players and the Lions informed their players on Friday which one's would not be making the final team.

Tim Twentyman of the Lions official website reports that G Pat Boyle, P Ryan Donahue, DE Ugo Chinasa, TE Alex Gottlieb, WR Nate Hughes, DE Edmon McClam, LB Carmen Messina, WR Wallace Miles, DT Tracy Robertson, CB Ross Weaver and TE Austin Wells have all been told they will be released.

The moves will become official at 9 p.m. and the waiver wire process will begin shortly thereafter. Players that clear waivers are then allowed to be designated to practice squads.

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Lions Roster Update: Jonathan Scott Released From IR

The Detroit Lions have released injured offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, according to Adam Caplan on Twitter. Scott was on injured reserve after injuring his knee in training camp. He was signed by the team in July, and Johnny Culbreath was released to make room for him at that point, but Scott only practiced a few days. He was placed on injured reserve on Monday.

Scott was ineligible to be pulled from injured reserve, since the new rules agreed upon by the NFL and NFL Players Association say that only players placed on the list after 4 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 4 can be taken off during the season. Even then, only one player may be taken off of IR and Scott, while providing good depth at the tackle position, is not someone the team likely would have used the privilege on if they could.

Since he's been released, it's likely he reached an injury settlement with the Lions. His release does not free up any space on the roster, since players on injured reserve do not count toward the total, so the Lions are at the same place in that regard. Scott was initially drafted by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2006 draft.

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Lions Roster Update: Jim Schwartz Says Talent Will Dictate Who Makes Team

The Detroit Lions aren't going to play a numbers game with their roster if talent has to be sacrificed.

Head coach Jim Schwartz has stated he's not afraid to deviate from the normal amount of players kept at one position in order to boost the overall talent on the team, according to Lions Rapid Reports via CBS.

With the final cuts deadline for Friday night at 9 p.m. ET, Schwartz - and every other NFL head coach - is going to be faced with some difficult choices. Detroit is loaded at wide receiver and defensive line, but not so much in the backfield on either side of the ball. It will be very intriguing to see how Schwartz handles that balancing act.

The Lions only have one more preseason game before the real action begins. They'll host the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night and then prepare for their season opener against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 9.

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Lions Roster Update: Detroit Gets Under Player Limit With Several Moves

The Detroit Lions made a handful of roster moves Monday afternoon to shrink their roster to meet the 75 player limit, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions official website.

As expected, the team officially placed running back Jahvid Best and cornerback Chris Greenwood on the physically unable to perform list. Both players are now ineligible for the Lions' first six regular season games. The team also placed guard Bill Nagy and tackle Jonathan Scott on injured reserve, effectively ending their 2012 seasons.

Additionally, the Lions released wide receiver Dominique Curry and safety Isaac Madison, lowering their player total to 74, one less than the required number. The open spot will be used for cornerback Kevin Barnes, who the team acquired via trade from the Washington Redskins Monday. That trade has yet to be announced.

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Lions To Place Chris Greenwood On PUP List, According To Report

Detroit Lions rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list by the team on Monday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Greenwood is still recovering from an abdomen injury he suffered during an OTA practice in May. The injury required surgery and has kept him out for all of training camp. Greenwood's placement on the PUP list means that he will not be eligible to play for the Lions for the first six weeks of the regular season.

Greenwood was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions out of the Division III Albion College. Detroit traded up with the Oakland Raiders to pick Greenwood with the 148th overall selection.

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Lions Roster 2012 Update: Lions Set To Release 10 Players

The Detroit Lions will be releasing 10 players in order to meet the NFL's deadline to reduce rosters to 75. All NFL teams must have their rosters pared down by 4 pm ET today.

From the Lions:

The Lions notified nine other players this morning that they are expected to be released today. No transactions are official until 4 p.m. Among those players are fullback James Bryant, receiver Jarett Dillard, running back Stephfon Green, safety Sean Jones, guard Jacques McClendon, linebacker Slade Norris, guard J.C. Oram, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner and receiver Terrence Toliver.

The 10th player cut will be backup kicker Derek Dimke, a rookie out of Illinois. The team still has five more players to cut in order to meet the limit.

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