The Detroit Lions don’t need to cut their roster down to 53 until Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, but it appears general manager Bob Quinn is getting a head start.
On Wednesday morning, the Lions announced two cuts from their roster: offensive lineman Beau Nunn and defensive lineman Toby Johnson.
Nunn has already been on and off the roster twice now. Initially added as an undrafted free agent, Nunn was cut before training camp. But a couple weeks into camp, Nunn got a second shot with the team, joining the ranks after Cornelius Washington and two others were cut. With only a week to impress, Nunn didn’t have much of a shot at the final 53.
Johnson has been sidelined for the past few weeks with an undisclosed injury, so it’s no surprise that the Lions waived-injured him. If he clears waivers, there’s a good chance the Lions will place him on injured reserve, reclaiming his rights, but ending his 2018 season.
With these two moves—combined with yesterday’s surprise cut of Robert Ayers—the Lions are already down to 87 players on the roster. 34 more cuts to go.