With the NFL requiring teams to reduce their roster to 75 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Lions have started informing some players of their fate.
The Lions announced nine player cuts Monday afternoon with wide receiver Ryan Broyles, a second-round pick in 2012, most notable subtraction to this point.
The other eight players who received bad news were running back Desmond Martin, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, wide receiver Vernon Johnson, defensive tackle Roy Philon, defensive end Erik Williams, tight end Deon Butler and cornerbacks R.J. Stanford and Jocquel Skinner.
As of Sunday, the Lions had 88 players on the 90-man roster, so they’ll needed to make at least 13 moves before Tuesday’s deadline. More players could be in jeopardy, too, as the Lions peruse the waiver wire following the cuts made around the league.
A Redford native who attended Thurston High, Martin was an undrafted free agent signed out of Wayne State in May. He played just one snap on offense in last Friday’s exhibition in Jacksonville and saw his chances dwindle as fellow undrafted rookie Zach Zenner continued to impress.
In addition to the player cuts, the Lions played cornerback Chris Owens on injured reserve with an undisclosed ailment, bringing the roster down to 78 players. The team must make three more moves by Tuesday afternoon.
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