Detroit Lions: Predicting Which Players on 45-Man Roster Won't Be Back Next Year

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Detroit Lions: Predicting Which Players on 45-Man Roster Won't Be Back Next Year
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The Detroit Lions made the playoffs last season for the first time in over a decade, and they were healthy enough to play almost all of their starters in that game against the Saints.

That's the good news. The bad news is some of their depth players looked like they belonged on the Rams' practice squad.

Though the Lions rolled into the playoffs with a relatively healthy starting lineup, several of those players are hitting the free-agent market, and several role players on the bench were only there because of deeper injuries.

So while there will undoubtedly be less turnover in 2012 than there was in 2011 (and certainly years before that), it stands to reason that there will be a fair amount of difference between the 45 men the Lions took into the Superdome in January and the 45 men they will take into opening day of 2012.

Here are some likely candidates to find work (or not) elsewhere in the next seven months.

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