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Lions release QB Alex Carder

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The Detroit Lions have parted ways with quarterback Alex Carder.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions' roster wasn't at 90 players for long. That's because they released quarterback Alex Carder on Wednesday afternoon, once again bringing them down to 89 players, one short of the 90-man limit.

Carder, who joined the Lions in late April as an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan, became the odd man out after the team claimed Thaddeus Lewis off waivers on Tuesday. The Lions decided to add Lewis after he was let go by the Cleveland Browns last week, and he looks like he could challenge Kellen Moore for the third quarterback job.

When Carder was added after the draft, he was viewed by many as a potential threat to Moore's spot on the roster. However, given that Carder has been released, it's clear that the coaches like Moore and Lewis more as potential options for the third spot on the depth chart at quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill.

Since the Lions didn't need five quarterbacks on their roster, they will now look elsewhere to fill the spot that has been opened up by Carder's release.