Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions running back Steven Miller (40) runs the ball during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Lions won 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Sign Eight Players to Practice Squad

The Detroit Lions had some difficult decisions to make in order to whittle their roster down to 53 players by yesterday’s deadline.

One of those was at kick returner where the teams elected to go the veteran route with Micheal Spurlock over undrafted free agent Steven Miller. From the beginning of training camp it was obvious the coaching staff liked Miller’s potential and gave him every opportunity to make the team. However it wasn’t quite enough.

That being said, the time spent working with Miller is not all for naught. After clearing waivers, the Lions were able to sign Miller to their practice squad. While Miller may not have been ready to handle return duties for the Lions right away, it is possible he could refine his skills under the Lions’ eye and supplant Spurlock later in the season.

Miller is joined by seven others as the Lions wasted no time in filling their allotted eight spots on the practice squad.

Cornerback Chris Greenwood was likely another tough cut for the team. Not so much because of his play but because he still has the potential the team saw in making him a fifth-round pick out of Division III Albion in 2012. Whatever pain there was in releasing him was eased with him staying around on the practice squad.

Rounding out the group of eight are guard Rodney Austin, fullback Shaun Chapas, wide receiver Corey Fuller, linebacker Brandon Hepburn and defensive linemen Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen.

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