Lions Release Harbaugh, Trade for Detmer

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Nate Caminata - LionsFans.com

Jim Harbaugh's career with the Detroit Lions was a brief one.

The former Wolverine, who was signed by the Lions prior to training camp, and expected to back-up incumbent starter Charlie Batch, was released Sunday during an interesting Holiday weekend that involved several roster moves.

Despite head coach Marty Mornhinweg's persistence that Harbaugh would remain a Lion, Detroit didn't fulfill that comment as Harbaugh was released to make room for new backup quarterback Ty Detmer.

Harbaugh's sloppy camp and pre-season play, combined with Detmer's familiarity with the West Coast offense, made the move a sensible one.

The Lions picked up Detmer from the quarterback-stacked Cleveland Browns. Conditions of the trade were unavailable.

Harbaugh wasn't the only one released, however, as Detroit released several players to meet the 53-man roster requirement. Those released are as follows: S Eugene Clinton, WR Henry Douglas, DE Anthony Herron, T Robert Hicks, CB Ligarius Jennings, G Josh Lovelady, CB Ray McElroy, TE Kawasak Penn, DT Sean Powell, WR Andre' Rone, T Andy Vincent, and TE John Waerig.


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