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Lions cut Caleb Campbell, get down to 53

The Detroit Lions have established their 53-man roster, with former West Point cadet Caleb Campbell among the players who didn’t make the taem.

Detroit activated cornerback Alphonso Smith off the non-football injury list and placed offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath on injured reserve.

The Lions cut 26 players: Campbell, WR Dominique Barnes, DT Rob Callaway, T Kirk Chambers, RB Matt Clapp, DE Keyunta Dawson, TE Joe Jon Finley, DB Aaron Francisco, C Dan Gerberry, P Nick Harris, WR Nate Hughes, RB Ian Johnson, DB Anthony Madison, DB Prince Miller, LB Cobrani Mixon, C Rudy Niswanger, DT Quin Pitcock, DB Paul Pratt, TE Gijon Robinson, QB Zac Robinson, DB Ricardo Silva, G Donald Thomas, WR Tim Toone, DB Nathan Vasher, WR Derrick Williams and DE Narada Williams.

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24 Responses to “Lions cut Caleb Campbell, get down to 53”
  1. talkintrashallday says: Sep 3, 2011 8:21 PM

    If u get cut by the Lions, your only hope for an NFL job is The Browns. And if they dump you…you might as well put in those retirement papers.

  2. essentialsausage says: Sep 3, 2011 8:27 PM

    Nothing too surprising. Cutting Nick Harris was a smart move. The Lions would have had to pay him more money this year and he isn’t that great anyway.

  3. lionpride10 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:30 PM

    Surprised with the Ricardo Silva cut, he did well in the preseason but I understand that they are fairly deep at safety.

  4. dapell says: Sep 3, 2011 8:40 PM

    Silva and Toone are almost assured of practice squad spots. I wouldn’t be surprised if Silva ends up on another team’s regular 53-man roster.

  5. punchymcgee says: Sep 3, 2011 8:46 PM

    Mr. Trashallday,

    While the Lions havent proven anything at this point, I will be glad to watch you eat crow at the end of this season. You make me giggle with your ignorance.

  6. staffordsyear says: Sep 3, 2011 8:51 PM

    Damn,they cut d.williams,wished he would have come around,oh well m. stovall is a nice pick up.

  7. wanger8109 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:55 PM

    Drafting Tim Toon in the 7th round (ANOTHER WR).. &not taking a flier on Lagarrette Blount has been the biggest mistake of Mayhew & Lewand

  8. staffordsyear says: Sep 3, 2011 9:01 PM

    terrible statement.. and every other 31 teams.

  9. 989lions says: Sep 3, 2011 9:09 PM

    if the biggest complaint about your teams GM is that he missed on a 7th round pick…than you should be pretty happy

  10. voiceofreason18 says: Sep 3, 2011 9:18 PM

    Man i hope the colts sign nathan vasher! I know he is not what he once was but could add needed depth to indy’s secondary. Along with possibly a. francisco former colt.

  11. jpres2001ss says: Sep 3, 2011 9:20 PM

    wanger8109 says:

    “Drafting Tim Toon in the 7th round (ANOTHER WR).. &not taking a flier on Lagarrette Blount has been the biggest mistake of Mayhew & Lewand”

    Lagarette Blount played above his skill level last year. If he was that good, he would be employed already.

  12. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Sep 3, 2011 9:23 PM

    Silva got caught up in the numbers game … would’ve been nice to see him make the team though

  13. dewalt2990 says: Sep 3, 2011 10:04 PM

    wanger, aka, Captain Hindsight.

  14. robertallen says: Sep 3, 2011 10:10 PM


    That statement would be true 6 or 7 years ago…but this is not a Millen run team anymore. Talent evaluation is much improved now under Mayhew’s watch.

  15. robertallen says: Sep 3, 2011 10:13 PM


    Then why did all the other teams decide to pass on him…7 times around? They must be failures too, right?

  16. Soulman45 says: Sep 3, 2011 10:22 PM

    Johnny Culbreath got hid as a sick person the team don’t won’t to lose him they like him a lot.
    Silva I though he would make it but bobbylaynesreplacement is right the numbers game got him he will play for some team this year.

  17. raynman49 says: Sep 3, 2011 10:31 PM

    Sad to see Ian Johnson not making it in the NFL. Great college player. Instumental in putting Boise State on the map. Good luck son.

  18. visible4 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:12 PM

    wanger8109 – I would hardly call them not drafting Blunt a mistake. They didn’t question his ability, they did not want his character issues. Even when the Titans had him briefly he jacked someone in the face, so you can’t even make the argument that he learned his lesson in college. The Lions had an up close look at him when they coached the Senior Bowl and they did not like what they saw. I highly doubt they regret the decision.

  19. normcb3 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:22 PM

    Who will get more wins this year lions or pistons???

  20. Soulman45 says: Sep 3, 2011 11:50 PM

    Lions by 10 games

  21. jimmylions says: Sep 4, 2011 12:30 AM

    I’m guessing Nick Harris will get picked up by someone this week. No one can say he doesn’t have a lot of game experience!

  22. first2bomb says: Sep 4, 2011 3:46 AM

    The Lions are a solid team. If Stafford and megatron stay healthy along with the D-line, they are gonna turn some heads this year. They finish ahead of the bears and vikings in the nfc north.

  23. jarede22 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:33 AM

    These players have to be bummed out, especially Nick Harris who has been with us through some tough years – they were almost a part of an epic turnaround.

  24. sirsprague says: Sep 4, 2011 2:20 PM


    That statement would be true 6 or 7 years ago…but this is not a Millen run team anymore. Talent evaluation is much improved now under Mayhew’s watch.


    While I understand what you mean (and agree, I like where the Lions are going), may I point out that literally, this statement isn’t really going out on a limb?

    We could turn this into a Mad Lib: “Talent evaluation is much improved now under _____’s watch”, where ____ could be filled in by any living entity not named Millen.

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