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Lions Preseason: Justin Miller Could Make Detroit Roster

Justin Miller presented his case for making the Detroit Lions' roster after being out of professional football completely last season. If he's successful, he could be in the running for feel-good story of the NFL season.

Miller made headlines as an excellent special teams player during his career with the New York Jets (he led the NFL in average return yardage during the 2006 season), but the 28-year-old took some time off after a couple of short stints with the Jets and Oakland Raiders during the 2009 season.

It wasn't that he couldn't cut it, but rather because he wanted to fulfill a promise to his grandmother. CBS Sports' John Kreger has more on the story:

The free agent signing is making the most of his return to football after sitting out last season to complete his college degree. His decision to suspend his career and finish school stemmed from a promise he made to his grandmother, who passed away in 2010.

Miller began training camp with the third-team unit, but his five years of NFL experience -- including stints with the Jets and Raiders -- have paid dividends as his reps increase. If Miller maintains his current level of play, he could very well pass rookie Jonte Green in the race to win the Lions' final CB roster place.

There's no guarantee that Miller is going to make the final roster, but it'll definitely be a great story if he does.

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