Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions released 21 players on Friday
to reached the 53-man roster limit.
Among the cuts were punter Ryan Donahue, who lost out in the competition with
Ben Graham for the job, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen and defensive end
Everette Brown, both of whom had a tough job to get a spot in the strong
defensive line rotation.
Donahue played in eight games last year before going down with a quad injury
and he averaged 42.7 yards on 49 punts.
Fluellen played in 51 games over the past four season with Detroit and
totaled 46 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks while Brown was signed in the offseason
after spending the previous season with San Diego and two with Carolina.
Also released were guards Rodney Austin, Pat Boyle and Dan Gerberry,
defensive ends Ugo Chinasa and Edmon McClam, wide receivers Patrick Edwards,
Nate Hughes, Lance Long, Wallace Miles and Maurice Stovall, defensive tackle
Tracy Robertson, tight ends Alex Gottlieb and Austin Wells, safety Reshard
Langford, linebacker Carmen Messina and cornerbacks Justin Miller, Alphonso
Smith and Ross Weaver.
The Sports Network