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Lions 53-man cuts: Detroit waives safety Isaiah Johnson

The Lions are now down to 68 players.

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The Detroit Lions cuts are coming along slowly. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, safety Isaiah Johnson is the latest man waived from the roster.

Johnson originally joined the Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2015. His preseason performance was good enough to land him on the practice squad for the entire year and earn him an exclusive rights free agent contract in early 2016.

But Johnson saw his chances at a roster spot slowly dwindle away as the Lions drafted Miles Killebrew in the fourth round while adding Rafael Bush and Tavon Wilson in free agency. In the end, there just wasn’t much room for Johnson on the roster.

That being said, if Johnson clears waivers and is both he and the team are willing, he could rejoin the Lions’ practice squad for another year and take another crack at the roster in 2017.

We are still waiting to hear the fate of special teams ace Don Carey.

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