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Lions release Jerome Couplin, Jordan Thompson

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The Detroit Lions opened up two roster spots by releasing a pair of players on Saturday.

Mike Hewitt

The Detroit Lions are off this week, but they made a pair of changes to their roster on Saturday. Specifically, they released safety Jerome Couplin and tight end Jordan Thompson, opening up two roster spots.

So, why make these moves now? Well, next week the Lions are going to activate linebacker Kyle Van Noy from injured reserve, and the expectation is that they will activate defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, who is currently suspended. Chances are the Lions will still sign another defensive tackle with Nick Fairley injured, so yet another player could be released at a later date.

For now, Couplin and Thompson are the odd men out. Couplin was just recently released, signed to the practice squad and re-signed to the active roster, and now he's likely headed back to the practice squad if he clears waivers. Thompson will also likely end up back on the practice squad, as the Lions no longer need five tight ends on their active roster.

For now, the Lions only have 51 players on their roster, but that should change on Monday when they return from their bye week.