Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Matt Willis (12) runs the ball after the catch against the New England Patriots during 1st quarter at Ford Field Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Cut WR Matt Willis and S Tyrell Johnson

Detroit Lions wide receiver Matt Willis gave the Lions some solid snaps during preseason and is a solid contributor on special teams. He was a fixture in many writers’ 53-man roster predictions over the last couple days but the Lions thought otherwise. He will not make the 53-man roster after being cut today.

Also falling short is safety Tyrell Johnson. He is also a solid special teams player and it looked like he might be counted on for depth at safety after the Lions released Amari Spievey earlier today but now he will have to look for an opportunity elsewhere.

The updated roster:

Quarterback (3)
Matthew Stafford
Shaun Hill
Kellen Moore

Running Back (6)
Reggie Bush
Joique Bell
Mikel Leshoure
Montell Owens
Theo Riddick
Steven Miller

Fullback (1)
Shaun Chapas

Wide Receiver (6)
Calvin Johnson
Ryan Broyles
Nate Burleson
Patrick Edwards
Matt Willis
Kris Durham
Micheal Spurlock
Corey Fuller

Tight End (4)
Brandon Pettigrew
Tony Scheffler
Joseph Fauria
Michael Williams

Offensive Tackle (4)
Riley Reiff
Jason Fox
Corey Hilliard
LaAdrian Waddle
Kevin Haslam

Offensive Guard (4)
Rob Sims
Larry Warford
Dylan Gandy
Jake Scott
Rodney Austin
Darren Keyton

Center (2)
Dominic Raiola
Leroy Harris

Kicker (1)
David Akers

Punter (1)
Sam Martin
Blake Clingan

Long Snapper (1)
Don Muhlbach

Defensive End (5)
Ziggy Ansah
Jason Jones
Willie Young
Israel Idonije
Devin Taylor

Defensive Tackle (7)
Ndamukong Suh
Nick Fairley
C.J. Mosley
Justin Bannan
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
Ogemdi Nwagbuo
Andre Fluellen
Xavier Proctor

Linebacker (7)
Stephen Tulloch
DeAnre Levy
Ashlee Palmer
Tahir Whitehead
Travis Lewis
Chris White
Rocky McIntosh
Jon Morgan
Brandon Hepburn

Cornerback (5)
Chris Houston
Darius Slay
Ron Bartell
Bill Bentley
Rashean Mathis
Jonte Green
Chris Greenwood

Safety (4)
Glover Quin
Louis Delmas
Don Carey
John Wendling
Amari Spievey
Tyrell Johnson
Martavius Neloms

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