The Lions waived or released 22 players Saturday to reduce the roster to 53 players by the 4 p.m. deadline.
While several players received the unfortunate news that they lost their jobs, many more learned the good news that they have a spot on the Lions’ roster this season.
Quarterback Kellen Moore, wide receivers Ryan Broyles and Corey Fuller and undrafted rookie safety Jerome Couplin and offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas were among the bubble players who made the team.
Some of the most notable cuts were running back Mikel Leshoure, wide receiver Kris Durham, defensive end Darryl Tapp, offensive lineman Rodney Austin and cornerback Chris Greenwood.
Even though most players can feel safe for now, the current roster is by no means permanent. The Lions could add some players who were cut by other teams, and if rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy goes on short-term injured reserve Tuesday, it would open a roster spot.
Here is the 53-man roster as of Saturday’s cuts:
Running backs (5)
Cuts: Mikel Leshoure, George Winn, Emil Igwenagu
Wide receivers (6)
Cuts: Kris Durham, Patrick Edwards, Andrew Peacock
Tight ends (3)
Cuts: Michael Egnew, Jordan Thompson
Offensive line (8)
Cuts: Michael Williams, Rodney Austin, Darren Keyton, Garrett Reynolds
Defensive line (9)
Cuts: Darryl Tapp Andre Fluellen, Xavier Proctor, Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
Kyle Van Noy
Cuts: Julian Stanford, Brandon Hepburn, Shamari Benton
Cuts: Chris Greenwood, Mohammed Seisay,
Cuts: Nate Ness