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Lions Sign Randy Phillips, Release Two Others

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We are on day five of training camp and the Lions have made their first real roster shakeup, if you want to call it that. In addition to agreeing to a deal with Ndamukong Suh, the Lions made the following moves this morning:

  • Waived defensive tackle Leger Douzable
  • Released safety Marquand Manuel
  • Signed safety Randy Phillips

Douzable was let go to make room on the roster for Suh. Since Douzable just joined the team recently and plays the same position as Suh, he was simply the odd man out.

As for Manuel, he is being let go to make room for an undrafted free agent. It's not often that a rookie who wasn't even drafted takes the spot of a veteran this early in camp, but it's obvious that the Lions knew what they had in Manuel and wanted to kick the tires on a young guy.

Phillips was actually supposed to join the team right after the draft, but he wasn't healthy enough and had to spend time rehabbing a shoulder injury. He finally got on the field with the Lions on a tryout basis during their June minicamp, and then he was in town for a physical last week. Now he is finally an official member of the team, so it will be interesting to see how he performs.