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Lions' Amari Spievey cleared for contact

Detroit Lions safety Amari Spievey has been cleared for contact, so he's excited about the future, even if he's not back with the Lions next season.

Ronald Martinez

Amari Spievey played in five game for the Detroit Lions in 2012 and saw his season get cut short due to concussion issues, but he's been cleared for contact heading into the off-season and he is ready to test the unrestricted free agent market. Spievey was selected by the Lions in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but he has suffered four concussions and hasn't been able to consistently stay on the field.

Spievey recently spoke with Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News about his bitter end to the season and his future with the team:

"It's tough not being a part of it, not being able to help," he said. "That's the worst part."

"I don't know if they're going to sign me...it's not up to me. It's up to (general manager Martin Mayhew) and them, so hopefully I'll know soon."

The 6'0, 190-pound defensive back has played in 36 games over three NFL seasons, making 26 starts for the Lions at safety during that span. He has intercepted five passes, to go with one sack and a fumble recovery in his career, but he hasn't really been a part a quality secondary unit in Detroit.