Due to the league requirement of having all NFL active rosters reduced to a total of 53 players per team by 9pm on Friday August 31st, the Lions had to send in their final roster and make the necessary cuts to go from 75 players to 53. Out of all the players who were cut, the only surprise came from one the teams weakest areas, the Detroit Lions defensive secondary. The Lions decided to part ways with cornerback Alphonso Smith. In 2011, Smith had three interceptions and six batted passes, but his play during the 2012 preseason wasn’t enough for the Lions front office to give him another year on the team.
Another surprise is a name that didn’t appear on the list of cut players, but actually appeared on the Lions 53-man roster. That person is quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore was signed as an undrafted free agent from Boise State, and will be behind Stafford and Hill on the QB depth chart. Kellen Moore played a lot of snaps in the preseason games, and even received an endorsement from the teams star quarterback, Matt Stafford. Whatever the reason is, he will have a chance to work with two talented quarterbacks and continue working on his dream to be an NFL player.
In addition to CB Alphonso Smith, the Lions also cut: OL Rodney Austin, OL Pat Boyle, DE Everette Brown, DE Ugo Chinasa, P Ryan Donahue, WR Patrick Edwards, DT Andre Fluellen, OL Dan Gerberry, TE David Gottlieb, WR Nate Hughes, DB Reshard Langford, WR Lance Long, DE Edmon McClam, LB Carmen Messina, WR Wallace Miles, CB Justin Miller, DT Tracy Robertson, WR Maurice Stovall, CBRoss Weaver, TE Austin Wells.