In a surprise move, the Detroit Lions have released third-string quarterback Ty Detmer, according to ESPN.
Detmer, who did not play during the 2002 season, helped tutor rookie quarterback Joey Harrington last year within the West Coast offense.
Detmer was considered valuable due to his experience in the Bill Walsh-developed system that the team installed prior to the 2000 season.
The former Brigham Young standout and Heisman winner was also going to be given an opportunity at the starting quarterback position, according to head coach Steve Mariucci during his initial press conference.
What makes the decision even more bizarre is Detmer's history with Mariucci.
The two spent the 1993 and 1995 seasons together in Green Bay when Mariucci served as the Packers' quarterbacks coach, and also in 1998 in San Francisco.
The Detroit Lions were not readily available for comment.
The team also announced on Thursday that defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer would be retained. Defensive assistant Ray Horton will also be kept on staff as secondary coach, a position he held last year.