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Lions release CB Ron Bartell, S Amari Spievey

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The Lions have parted ways with a couple of notable veteran defensive backs.

According to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, the club has released cornerback Ron Bartell. Also, the club is also cutting safety Amari Spievey, reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Bartell, 31, has started 72 games since entering the NFL in 2005, notching 338 tackles and intercepting eight passes.

A third-round pick of the Lions in 2010, Spievey was a 26-game starter for Detroit in three seasons. He appeared in five games in 2012 but was placed on injured reserve in November after suffering a concussion. Moreover, he dealt with concussion symptoms in the 2012 offseason, too.

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1 Response to “Lions release CB Ron Bartell, S Amari Spievey”
  1. lionsyooper says: Sep 1, 2013 2:04 AM

    It is about time! Losing Spievey is simply addition by subtraction. He is an absolutely terrible safety. Over the past coupe of years virtually all of the big passing plays went his way. It was obvious that teams were game planning to attack wherever he was on the field time and time again. If Glover Quin, and specifically Louis Delmas, can stay healthy this season, the Lions defense will be much improved.

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