There must have been some pretty tough roster decisions to make in Allen Park because the Lions' eight-man practice squad consists of players who were all with the team through training camp.
Practice squad players are not part of the active roster, but will earn $6,000 per week in 2013.
Only players who do not have an accrued season of NFL experience and have not been on a practice more than two prior seasons qualify.
Here's a look at the Lions' practice squad.
Rodney Austin, G/C
Austin was a member of the practice squad last year. He was unable to beat out
Shaun Chapas, RB
Chapas is a big back who can catch the ball out of the backfield and is a good lead blocker. He played in three games with the Cowboys in 2011 and three with the Lions last year.
Corey Fuller, WR
The Lions drafted the former track start turned football player in the sixth round in April with the understanding that he was a raw prospect. He'll have time to become a better route runner on the practice squad.
Chris Greenwood, CB
The former fifth-round pick might physically be the most impressive cornerback the Lions have. Unfortunately, injuries have been too much of factor in the early part of his career. Coaches simply didn't see enough of him to keep him on the 53-man roster. This is a good move for him.
Brandon Hepburn, LB
A seventh-round pick by the Lions this year, Hepburn has great size (6-4, 235) but wasn't quite ready to help them this year. The Lions could be doing a disservice to society in keeping Hepburn around, though -- he's smart enough to cure cancer some day. Before he does that he wants to play football and the Lions are going to help accommodate him.
Steven Miller, RB
Miller has a lot of potential as a kickoff and punt returner for the Lions. He's one of the fastest players on the team and showed this preseason that he can handle those duties if called upon. He was just beat out by
Xavier Proctor, DE
Proctor has great size at 6-foot-6, 272 pounds; he simply fell pray to a numbers game when it came to the 53-man roster.
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, DT
Like Proctor, Saddler-McQueen was a casualty of a numbers game when it came to the active roster. He had a nice preseason and showed he can be disruptive when given an opportunity. The Lions would have no hesitations moving him to the active roster this season if needed.