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Lions cuts tracker: Tracking Detroit’s transactions to 53-man roster

Live updates as the Lions work their way down to a 53-man roster.

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The Detroit Lions left the final preseason game of 2018 with 87 players on their roster. By the time the clock strikes 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, they will have to be down to 53. That makes the next 24+ hours hell for both the players and the coaches. Young men will wait beside their phones waiting for their career’s fate to be decided. Coaches must make tough decisions that could end up costing them their own jobs if they choose unwisely.

It’s a rough situation, and one that probably deserves a little more sympathy than we give it. Some of these players only know football and this weekend could be their last taste of it in their professional careers.

We’ll be here all weekend giving you updates on NFL cuts, who’s in and who’s out for the Detroit Lions’ 53-man roster and 10-man practice squad. Remember, even when the Lions make their final cuts, that’s likely not the end of the roster maneuvering. Because after the cuts comes waiver wire searching and the bottom five players on any roster aren’t safe.

Roster cuts so far:

Current Lions roster (53):

Quarterbacks (2)

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Matt Cassel
QB Jake Rudock

Running backs (5)

RB Kerryon Johnson
RB Ameer Abdullah
RB LeGarrette Blount
RB Theo Riddick
FB Nick Bellore
RB Zach Zenner
RB Dwayne Washington

Wide receivers (6)

WR Marvin Jones Jr.
WR Golden Tate
WR Kenny Golladay
WR TJ Jones
WR Teo Redding
WR Jace Billingsley
WR Brian Brown
WR Brandon Powell
WR Chris Lacy
WR Bradley Marquez
WR Dontez Ford
WR Andy Jones

Tight ends (4)

TE Michael Roberts
TE Luke Willson
TE Levine Toilolo
TE Hakeem Valles
TE Marcus Lucas
TE Sean McGrath

Offensive line (10)

OT Taylor Decker
OT Rick Wagner
OT Corey Robinson
OT Tyrell Crosby
OG T.J. Lang
G/C Graham Glasgow
OG Frank Ragnow
G/C Leo Koloamatangi
G Kenny Wiggins
G Wesley Johnson
G Joe Dahl
OT Brian Mihalik
OT Jamar McGloster
OT Dan Skipper
OL John Montelus

Defensive line (7)

DE Ezekiel Ansah
DE Anthony Zettel
DE Kerry Hyder
DE/DT Da’Shawn Hand
DE Alex Barrett
DE Jeremiah Valoaga
DE Cam Johnson
DT A’Shawn Robinson
DT Ricky Jean Francois
DT Sylvester Williams
DT Jeremiah Ledbetter
DT Josh Fatu
DT Christian Ringo

Linebackers (7)

LB Devon Kennard
LB Jarrad Davis
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin
LB Christian Jones
LB Jonathan Freeny
LB Eli Harold
LB Miles Killebrew
LB Trevor Bates
LB Freddie Bishop
LB Chad Meredith
LB Darnell Sankey

Defensive backs (9)

CB Darius Slay
CB Nevin Lawson
CB Teez Tabor
CB Quandre Diggs
CB Jamal Agnew
CB DeShawn Shead
CB Mike Ford
CB Chris Jones
CB Rolan Milligan
CB Dexter McDougle
CB Sterling Moore
S Glover Quin
S Tavon Wilson
S Charles Washington
S Tracy Walker
S Marcus Cromartie

Special Teams (3)

K Matt Prater
P Sam Martin
LS Don Muhlbach
P/K Ryan Santoso

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