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Lions roster cuts: Mikel Leshoure released

The Detroit Lions have decided to part ways with running back Mikel Leshoure. Follow all of the Lions' moves as they get down to 53 players with our roster cuts tracker.

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The Detroit Lions' first roster cut of the day is out, according to Dave Birkett, and we now know that running back Mikel Leshoure is being let go.

Leshoure's time in Detroit comes to an end after an up-and-down few years. He began his career by blowing out his Achilles in training camp, but he came back a year later and ran for 798 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games.

Last year, however, Leshoure was active for only three games, and he didn't do much in this year's preseason. It's no surprise that he is being released, but it's yet another disappointing development for the Lions' awful 2011 draft class, which is now down to only Nick Fairley.

The Lions will continue making roster cuts throughout Saturday as they trim their roster down from 75 to 53 players. As of right now, they're at 74 players as far as we know, but chances are several other cuts have already been made.

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