The Detroit Lions are getting closer and closer to the 75-man roster limit. Already, we have heard that running back Stephfon Green, fullback James Bryant, wide receiver Jarett Dillard and kicker Derek Dimke have been released. Now, Tim Twentyman is reporting that six others have been notified that they are expected to be released by the team: wide receiver Terrence Toliver, offensive guard J.C. Oram, offensive guard Jacques McClendon, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner, linebacker Slade Norris and safety Sean Jones.
The most notable players let go from that last list are McClendon and Jones. McClendon got a lot of work with the second-team offensive line, but since the Lions aren't expected to keep more than a few guards on the 53-man roster at most, there wasn't going to be room for him. At safety, Jones never really stepped up in the competition to make the team, so he has been let go now rather than later.
With 10 players on their way out, the Lions need to make five more moves to get down to 75 players. My guess is that they will place running back Jahvid Best and cornerback Chris Greenwood on the regular season PUP list, freeing up two spots. The Lions also could place offensive tackle Jonathan Scott and offensive guard Bill Nagy on injured reserve. That would get them down to 76, leaving only one other move to get down to the maximum of 75 players.