5 Detroit Lions players who will not be back in 2023

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As the Detroit Lions prepare for their next step in 2023, these five players won’t be part of it and they won’t be missed.

After a 1-6 start this season, 2022 was looking the last edition of the “Same Old” Detroit Lions. But things turned around big time after that, with a 8-2 run fittingly bookended by wins over the Green Bay Packers.

Off their first winning season since 2017, things are on the clear upswing in Detroit for the first time in a long time. A step was expected this season, with many preseason record predictions for them in the 8-9 or 9-8 record range, and they got there by playing some of the best football in the league over the last couple months of the season.

The Lions will be picked by some to win the NFC North next season, even though the Minnesota Vikings won’t be going away and if Aaron Rodgers is back (an annual question now) the Packers aren’t going away either.

But for once, the Lions will go into an offseason with the ability to focus on some specific needs rather than “well, we need pretty much everything/anything to some degree”.  That also means people will be replaced, simply let go, etc.

With an eye on the next step for the team in 2023, these five Lions players won’t be around and they won’t be missed.

5 Detroit Lions players who won’t be back in 2023