Lions Trim Roster To Mandatory 65

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The Detroit Lions concluded their roster maneuvers Tuesday afternoon, trimming their roster down to the mandatory 65 alotted players.

The Lions, who released punter Kent McCullough yesterday following a 10 man release on Sunday, cut defensive end Matt Childers and running back Amp Lee to beat the 4:00 p.m. deadline.

Defensive end Jared DeVries was placed on the injured reserve list.

Lee, who was in heavy competition between running back's Sedrick Irvin, Lamont Warren, and Reuben Droughns for reserve positions, was initially brought aboard due to his familiarity with the West Coast offense, but was used sparingly in the pre-season.

Childers was an undrafted rookie free-agent, and was also a competition casualty with Detroit already stacked at the defensive end position.

Despite meeting the 65-man requirement, the Lions aren't necessarily completed with roster moves. The team is still evaluating free-agent talent, as team president Matt Millen and head coach Marty Mornhinweg are always looking to improve the squad.

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