Lions Waive Veteran James Jones, Sign Iwuoma

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In a move that sent a quake through the Detroit Lions roster, the ball club released defensive tackle James Jones on Saturday, a veteran loaded with experience and prosaic in the Detroit community.

Jones, who was released due to salary cap restraints, was replaced on the roster by Chidi Iwuoma, a Lions' practice squad player and undrafted cornerback.

Iwuoma proved valuable during the pre-season and training camp, and according to Lions' coaches, it was difficult forcing him off the final roster.

Besides salary cap stipulations, the Lions were also shorthanded in the secondary due to injuries to cornerback Bryant Westbrook, and safeties Kurt Schulz and Ron Rice. Because the team is stocked on the defensive line, it made the move less complicated.

Travis Kirschke and rookie Shaun Rogers will attempt to replace Jones, while Luther Elliss (elbow), will see limited action but also assist.

James Jones was originally signed in 1999 as a free-agent, and didn't miss a game during his two seasons with the Lions.

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