Detroit Lions 2023 roster cut tracker: Who won't make the 53-man roster?

Check here for updates on who the Detroit Lions have let go ahead of the deadline to be down to 53 players.
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The 2023 NFL preseason is over for the Detroit Lions, as they won two of their three preseason contests. Now it's on to the start of the season, the opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, and before that Tuesday afternoon's deadline to be down to 53 players on the active roster.

After Friday night's preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers, head coach Dan Campbell cited the tough decisions that are coming.

"We’re going to have to let go of some really good players,” . “And that’s tough. That’s tough to do. But it also means there’s growth and your talent level has gone up. And that’s a good thing for your football team.""

Of course teams don't have to wait and make what would amount to a "cut dump" of 37 players on Tuesday afternoon, with only one cut day for the league this year. The process can and does start right away after the last preseason game, and while the Lions have some tough decisions to make there are also some very easy cut decisions too. For some players, being cut as early as possible could allow them to find an opportunity elsewhere as other teams may their cuts.

Every team has to be down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday afternoon.

Based on reports or what the Lions announce officially, here's who has been cut. Check back for updates. Jameson Williams' looming placement on the suspended list figures into the equaton, as does any PUP or NFI list placements (Emmanuel Moseley?, Hendon Hooker?).

Detroit Lions roster cut tracker

DL Christian Covington

TE Daniel Helm

OL Alex Mollette

The Lions released or waived 10 more players Sunday afternoon, while making the above three official.

DL Christian Covington
OL Bobby Hart
OL Germain Ifedi
WR Jason Moore
RB Devine Ozigbo

WR Trinity Benson
WR Avery Davis
TE Daniel Helm
OL Obinna Eze
OL Alex Mollette
S Scott Nelson
OL Darrin Paulo
CB Colby Richardson

Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit explained the distinction betweeen released and waived.

WR Dylan Drummond

OL Connor Galvin

QB Adrian Martinez

OL Kayode Awosika and OL Ryan Swoboda

CB Chase Lucas

TE Darrell Daniels

S Brandon Joseph, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press

K John Parker Romo

RB Benny Snell

CB Starling Thomas

RB Jermar Jefferson (waived/injured),
WR Chase Cota (waived/injury settlement),
QB Nate Sudfeld (IR)
RB Craig Reynolds (released)

WR Maurice Alexander
DT Corey Durden
LB Trevor Nowaske
C Brad Cecil
S Brady Breeze
OT Max Pircher
DL Chris Smith

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