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Shaun Smith among Lions cuts

The Lions list of roster cuts contains a few familiar names like wide receiver Keary Colbert, safety Stuart Schweigert, guard Milford Brown, and quarterback Brooks Bollinger.  But the biggest surprise on the list also has the biggest mouth: defensive tackle Shaun Smith.

Smith arrived in Detroit after yapping his way out of Cleveland.  Perhaps he’s just not that good a football player, because the Lions could certainly use a defensive tackle.  (Or perhaps the Lions didn’t like Smith’s act after he reportedly chewed out Cleveland’s G.M. while in a Lions uniform two weeks ago.)  PFT reported earlier that the Lions also released defensive tackle Chartric Darby Saturday. 

Also released by Detroit: linebacker Rufus Alexander, tight end Carson Butler, defensive end Sean Conover, running back Tristan Davis, linebacker Zack Folett, center Dan Gerberry, seventh-round pick tight end Dan Gronkowski, wide receiver Dane Looker, safety Calvin Lowry, cornerback Ramzee Robinson, and linebacker Spenser Smith.

Robinson was “Mr. Irrelevent” in 2007’s draft and has lived up to the moniker.  (Sorry Mrs. Robinson.)  PFT reported earlier Saturday that kicker Billy Cundiff and wideout John Standeford were also let go.

The team also placed cornerback Chris Roberson on injured reserve.

With Detroit sending in their cuts and Miami’s on the way, only three teams have yet to disclose their roster cuts: Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Denver.

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9 Responses to “Shaun Smith among Lions cuts”
  1. ErikInHell says: Sep 5, 2009 8:47 PM

    He was on the Browns. Maybe the broncos need a defensive lineman.

  2. urbusted says: Sep 5, 2009 8:56 PM

    He’s a jerk and now an unemployed one. I wonder if any team will take a chance on him now. No class at all.

  3. HawgNSonsTV says: Sep 5, 2009 9:52 PM


  4. ty@thelionsinwinter says: Sep 5, 2009 9:57 PM

    I’m seriously bummed–and confused–about Schweigert. The Lions are clearly desperate for safety help, and all he was was the best defensive player on the field for most of the preseason. A talented athlete, great guy, and straight-up playmaker back there; I hope the miles of great tape he put out this preseason lands him another gig.
    Ty @ The Lions in Winter

  5. odds75to1 says: Sep 5, 2009 10:21 PM

    ty – I also don’t understand Looker what did he do but make plays? Ugh this sucks!

  6. Damage88 says: Sep 6, 2009 1:21 AM

    Smith was on the all-indispensable team, per SI. Awesome.

  7. HughJassPhD says: Sep 6, 2009 6:48 AM

    Shaun Smith: Another case of when “Keepin’ It Real” goes wrong.

  8. ty@thelionsinwinter says: Sep 6, 2009 9:48 AM

    To be fair, Jennings had a great camp. Working with the twos and threes, and then getting time with the ones when all the WRs got hurt, Jennings was a favorite target of all three quarterbacks. I think that the Lions weren’t as focussed on getting him reps in preseason because he’d already stood out . . . Looker made the most of the time he had, but he had an uphill climb to make the roster from the get-go.
    Ty @ The Lions in Winter

  9. as big as a hat says: Sep 6, 2009 11:16 AM

    Smith probably already has his plane ticket to Oakland. His mouth is a better run-stopper than some of the Raider D-linemen.

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