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Detroit Lions cut safety Rolan Milligan

The Lions have cut ties with Milligan after a rough preseason.

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The Detroit Lions have let another defensive back go.

Safety Rolan Milligan was waived by the Detroit Lions on Saturday afternoon, as first reported by the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett. The defensive back looked like he could have been an early candidate to lock up a roster spot after he was getting starting reps early in training camp. Milligan was less than stellar in preseason, though, and played his way off of the roster

The safety was brought in as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo earlier this year. He was set to compete with the likes of Miles Killebrew and serve as a box safety in the team’s nickel and dime packages. He often looked lost on the field and his tackling was terrible in what was a rough month of football.

Milligan is eligible for the practice squad. The Lions coaching staff does see some potential in him—which is why they initially gave him first and second team snaps. He will most likely clear waivers and it is possible that the Lions keep him around for next year.

However, Milligan suffered an injury in the last preseason game, so it’s unclear yet if he was given an injury designation with the transaction. If so, Milligan could spend the year on the Lions’ injured reserve list.

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