NFL Roster Cuts: Detroit Lions Choose Ryan Donahue As Punter, Release Ricardo Silva

The Detroit Lions will have a new punter this upcoming season. According to Dave Birkett, undrafted free agent Ryan Donahue has edged out Nick Harris in the battle for the starting punter job. Also, the Lions have decided to release safety Ricardo Silva.

Right now it's not clear if Harris has been released or if the Lions have tried to trade him. Either way, he's not going to be on the team going forward. If you would have told me before camp that Harris would lose his spot, I wouldn't have believed you. That said, Donahue did perform quite well during the preseason.

As for Silva, this news will surprise some. He had an outstanding preseason, but the Lions couldn't find a spot for him on the 53-man roster. As long as he clears waivers, Silva will almost certainly be signed to the practice squad. Jim Schwartz has said he really likes the way Silva plays, so I don't think the Lions will completely cut ties with him.

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