This is the part of the job that coaches and general managers hate.
Today, Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew had to tell 22 players they no longer have a job.
"They're always tough," Schwartz said this week about looming cuts.
"Guys have worked very hard and have put their whole heart and soul into trying to find a niche and contribute. It's always difficult to say goodbye to those guys. I think if those guys all keep in mind the fact that they're working to improve as football players and they do a good job at that then they'll be in a better position when camp is over. But it's always a very difficult time."
It's necessary, though, and became the reality for some now former Lions players on Saturday.
The Lions trimmed their roster from 75 players to 53 with a couple mild surprises.
Physically, he's everything the Lions like in a cornerback at 6-foot-1, 193 pounds with good speed (4.34 at his pro day). Unfortunately, he missed all of last season with an abdominal injury and the first two weeks of training camp this season because of a hamstring injury.
The Lions had just two preseason games to evaluate Greenwood and he did not play well in Buffalo, Thursday, getting beat by wide receiver Marcus Easley for a 79-yard score.
The Lions have already expressed to Greenwood that they wish for him to be on their eight-man practice squad if he clears waivers on Sunday.
Staying at cornerback, the team also released veteran
Bartell started one game for the Lions last year and entered training camp as the starter opposite
Spurlock making the roster made running back/returner
Miller, an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State, is a good candidate for the practice squad. He showed this preseason that he has a burst and can handle kicks. He's a player the team would like to develop for the future.
Spievey, a former third-round pick of the Lions in 2010, was a 26-game starter in three seasons. He appeared in five games in 2012, but was placed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion.
Johnson was getting a lot of reps with the second team, but the Lions instead went with the combination of
The team also placed rookie tight end
The team kept running back
Owens, who injured his knee in a non-contact play vs. New England, would be eligible to come off IR in six weeks.
Here's a complete list of today's cuts:
Running backs (2):
Steven Miller and
Ron Bartell and Chris Greenwood
Amari Spievey, Tyrell Johnson and Martavious Neloms (waived injured)
Offensive linemen (4):
Jake Scott, Darren Keyton,
Defensive linemen (4):
NOTE: Tight end Michael Williams placed on injured reserve.