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Lions Release Travis Fisher

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One day after releasing tight end Michael Gaines, the Lions got rid of another starter from last season, cornerback Travis Fisher.

In a mildly surprising move, the Lions cut cornerback Travis Fisher on Thursday, a day after releasing tight end Michael Gaines, another of last year's starters as the 0-16 season unraveled. (And also a fellow Central Florida alum, but more on that in a second.)

Fisher no doubt was caught off-guard by the news. Just three weeks ago, he was talking as if he would be a starter in the fall. He actually was last season, initially ahead of Leigh Bodden and later in place of ineffective veteran Brian Kelly. And despite the additions of Philip Buchanon and Anthony Henry, he said it would be a "competitive situation."

Fisher most certainly won't be the last member of last year's team to get the boot.  As the roster starts to take shape, we will probably see more players from last year's team get released because they aren't in the plans of Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew.  That happens with every coaching transition, but add in the fact that there is a front office transition as well and it is a recipe for lots of new faces when the season begins later this year.