Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (80) runs the ball after a catch against Detroit Lions cornerback Ron Bartell (41) during 2nd Half of a game at Ford Field. Bears won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Roster Cuts: Ron Bartell Latest to Leave Team

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The Detroit Lions have released Ron Bartell as they continue to work their way down to a roster of 53 players by today’s 6 p.m. ET deadline.

Bartell wasn’t considered a lock to win a roster spot but his release is easily the biggest surprise of the cut so far. He was working with the first team defense at various times during training camp and brought a veteran presence to a youthful group of cornerbacks.

This is likely good news for Rashean Mathis who joined the Lions late in camp. Mathis played well in limited action for the Lions and has the versatility to play a reserve role at corner or safety. We’ll have to wait to know for sure but the Lions may now be set at corner with Chris Houston, Darius Slay, Bill Bentley, Rashean Mathis and Jonte Green.

Here is where the roster stands following Barell’s release:

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

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