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Lions sign two players, release Michael Brooks

The Detroit Lions have released an undrafted free agent and added two others.

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The Detroit Lions continued tinkering with their roster on Tuesday by releasing defensive tackle Michael Brooks, according to Aaron Wilson. This gave them two open spots (one spot was already vacant from last week), and they decided to fill them by signing defensive end Robert Maci and defensive tackle Spencer Nealy.

Brooks had spent the last month with the Lions after signing as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina. He took part in the Lions' rookie minicamp and their OTAs last week, and the coaches have apparently decided that they want to make a change at defensive tackle.

This is where Nealy comes in. He is an undrafted free agent who played at Texas A&M from 2009-12. Last season, he recorded 42 tackles, 7.5 TFL and 2.0 sacks for the Aggies. Given that he's a defensive tackle, he's essentially taking Brooks' spot on the roster.

Maci, an undrafted free agent from Purdue, is taking the spot that the Lions planned to give to defensive end Braylon Broughton. Broughton was claimed off waivers last week, but he failed his physical and was released. As a result, Maci, who had 37 tackles, 6.5 TFL and 2.0 sacks last year, is now getting a chance to play for the Lions.

With two more undrafted free agents joining the team, look for scouting reports on Maci and Nealy later this week.

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