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2016 NFL roster cuts: Lions cut LB Khaseem Greene

The Detroit Lions’ cuts have moved over to the defensive side of the ball.

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After a few announced cuts on the offensive side of the ball, the Detroit Lions have cut their first defensive player of the day. According to ESPN Michael Rothstein, the Lions are parting ways with linebacker Khaseem Greene.

Though the Lions are desperately thin at linebacker, Khaseem Greene couldn’t play his way onto the final 53-man roster.

Greene was always a bit of a long shot to make the roster, having been signed to a futures contract back in January after spending a few months on the Lions practice squad. Prior to joining the Lions, Greene spent two seasons with the Chicago Bears after being drafted in the fourth round in 2013. Green only started six games in Chicago before he was waived.

Greene is not practice squad eligible, so he’ll have to find a new team in 2016 unless the Lions decide to bring him back after some roster maneuvering. For example, the Lions may be placing Jon Bostic on the injured reserve after the initial cutdown, which could open up a spot back for Greene.

The Lions are down to 70 players.