Lions Lose Another Defensive Back, Bailey Retires

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After replacing back up safety Tommy Bennett (suspension) with veteran safety Marty Carter on Tuesday, the Detroit Lions were forced to enter the free-agent market again on Wednesday.

Defensive back Robert Bailey, who was injured during the Lions Thanksgiving Day loss to the Packers, announced his retirement due to two herniated disks in his neck. Bailey, an 11-year veteran, won a Super Bowl ring during his one-year stint with Baltimore last season, but re-joined the Lions earlier this year.

"I'm very disappointed, but my neck isn't giving me any options," Bailey told the Associated Press.

To replace yet another defensive back on the depth chart, the Lions signed well-traveled cornerback Ray McElroy, a six-year veteran who spent the 1999 season out of football. McElroy, a former 4th round draft selection, is familiar with Detroit after spending a week with the ball club during training camp.

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