The Detroit Lions have released veteran running back Zach Zenner, as reported by ESPN’s Field Yates on Tuesday afternoon, and later confirmed by the team.
The Lions have released veteran RB Zach Zenner.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 27, 2019
OFFICIAL: We have released RB Zach Zenner. pic.twitter.com/yEOLtVIq5I— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 27, 2019
The moves comes just before the teams preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
Zenner burst onto the scene in 2015, when he led the NFL preseason in rushing yards as an undrafted rookie out of South Dakota State. Last year he was released off of IR to start the season, but eventually returned to the roster a few months later.
For the second year in a row, the Lions re-signed Zach Zenner to a one-year deal, signifying that they value him on the roster, both as a reserve running back and a special teams contributor. However, this year the Lions’ running back room just got a little too crowded for Zenner.
With the addition of C.J. Anderson in free agency and Ty Johnson in the draft, Zenner got pushed further and further down the depth chart. Though he still performed at a high level this preseason, so did Mark Thompson.
It’s unclear whether Thompson grabbed Zenner’s roster spot or if the Lions decided to carry one less running back than expected, but for now, Zenner’s time in Detroit is done after four years.