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Report: Lions cutting veteran C Wesley Johnson

The Lions have cut a guy once thought capable of adding offensive line depth to the team.

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In one of the first bigger moves from the Detroit Lions on Saturday, they will be moving on from offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, per Dave Birkett.

Johnson was added this offseason to help bulk up some of the Lions’ offensive line depth, which was tested—and failed—last season. Johnson brought some veteran experience, having started 24 total games over his first four years in the NFL.

Johnson also brought some versatility, taking plenty of reps at both center and guard during training camp, as T.J. Lang battled through some injuries.

However, the Lions must have liked someone else a little better. Johnson was in competition with the likes of Kenny Wiggins, Leo Koloamatangi and Joe Dahl for a job backing up the starting offensive line. It’s unclear which player (or players) the Lions will be sticking with, but this is good news for at least one of them.

Catch up with all of the Lions’ roster cuts here.

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