Lions release Freddie Bishop to make room for Israel Idonije

Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Lions have cleared room for Israel Idonije by releasing Freddie Bishop.

The Detroit Lions have released defensive end Freddie Bishop, according to Tim Twentyman. The announcement came on Wednesday morning, one day after the team agreed to a deal with defensive end Israel Idonije.

Bishop had been with the Lions since mid-May of this year. He wasn't one of the Lions' original undrafted free agent signings for 2013, but he ended up on the team anyway as they shuffled things around before OTAs.

With Bishop being released, the Lions now have eight defensive ends on their roster. Idonije, Jason Jones, Ziggy Ansah, Devin Taylor and Willie Young are all expected to make the 53-man roster, and Ronnell Lewis' status could depend on just how often the Lions plan to play Idonije and Jones inside at defensive tackle. The Lions also have Braylon Broughton and Spencer Nealy at the position.

Earlier this week, the Lions signed safety Chris Hope and released wide receiver Brian Robiskie.

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