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NFL Roster Cuts: Lions Establish 53-Man Roster

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The final round of NFL roster cuts took place today, and the Lions trimmed their roster down to 53 players by parting ways with the following:

RB DeDe Dorsey

WR Brian Clark

WR Tim Toone

WR Mike Moore

OG Noah Franklin

OT Jon Jansen

OT Cliff Louis

C  Dan Gerberry

DT Landon Cohen

DT Jaron Baston

DT Robert Calloway

LB Caleb Campbell

LB Vinnie Ciurciu

CB Dante Wesley

CB Paul Pratt

CB T.J. Rushing

CB Dre' Bly

CB Eric King

S  Ko Simpson

K  Steve Hauschka

Waived/Injured - DE Korey Bosworth

Also, as previously mentioned, TE Dan Gronkowski was traded to the Denver Broncos along with what is thought to be a late round draft pick for second year CB Alphonso Smith.

I guess the surprises today are probably Jansen, Bly and King.  Jansen appeared to be a lock as he and Cherilus shared time with the starting unit throughout the preseason, but in the end, the youth movement sealed his fate.  King was made expendable by a trade few saw coming.  Although his play left a lot to be desired, I believed that he would make the final roster for his contributions at the nickel spot.  As for Bly, I'm not sure what to think.  I guess once again getting younger as a team is the likely reason, but I sure thought there was a place for him on this roster.

In case you didn't notice, Kevin Smith is not on this list.