Jul 26, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller (10) during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Roster Cuts: And So They Begin…


The Detroit Lions got about the business of trimming their roster down to the final 53 this morning.

The first names to trickle out are wide receiver Corey Fuller, the team’s 2013 sixth-round pick, and undrafted free agents linebacker Jon Morgan and offensive lineman Darren Keyton.

None of the three are considered a surprise and all are eligible to be added to the Lions practice squad should they clear waivers.

A fourth cut has surfaced, second-year cornerback Chris Greenwood. Already a developmental player as a 2012 fifth-round pick out of Division III Albion, Greenwood was delayed as a result of spending his rookie year shelved on injured reserve. Many roster predictions had him missing the cut so this also doesn’t come as a big surprise. Greenwood is more likely than the other three released so far to be claimed by another team but should he clear waivers, the Lions would probably add him to the practice squad in a heartbeat.

Safety Martavius Neloms was waived-injured. Originally thought to be a practice squad candidate, Neloms suffered a foot injury against the Bills that may keep him out about two months.

That leaves 17 cuts to go. Here is where the roster stands as of this post:

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 (7)
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 (5)
Riley Reiff
Jason Fox
Corey Hilliard
LaAdrian Waddle
Kevin Haslam

Offensive Guard (5)
Rob Sims
Larry Warford
Dylan Gandy
Jake Scott
Rodney Austin
Darren Keyton

Center (2)
Dominic Raiola
Leroy Harris

Kicker (1)
David Akers

Punter (2)
Sam Martin
Blake Clingan

Long Snapper (1)
Don Muhlbach

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

Defensive Tackle (8)
Ndamukong Suh
Nick Fairley
C.J. Mosley
Justin Bannan
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
Ogemdi Nwagbuo
Andre Fluellen
Xavier Proctor

Linebacker (8)
Stephen Tulloch
DeAnre Levy
Ashlee Palmer
Tahir Whitehead
Travis Lewis
Chris White
Rocky McIntosh
Jon Morgan
Brandon Hepburn

Cornerback (6)
Chris Houston
Darius Slay
Ron Bartell
Bill Bentley
Rashean Mathis
Jonte Green
Chris Greenwood

Safety (6)
Glover Quin
Louis Delmas
Don Carey
John Wendling
Amari Spievey
Tyrell Johnson
Martavius Neloms

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