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Detroit Lions Strategy And Personnel

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Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions tries to get around the tackle after picking up a first quarter fumble of Daryn Colledge #73 of the Green Bay Packers on December 12, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions tries to get around the tackle after picking up a first quarter fumble of Daryn Colledge #73 of the Green Bay Packers on December 12, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Cornerback: The Lions have tendered Chris Houston, but there is still a chance he could be lost to free agency once the new collective bargaining agreement is in place. On the other side are promising but unproven players like Alphonso Smith and Prince Miller.

Offensive line: This unit is expected to return intact next season, but that line includes 34-year-old LT Jeff Backus entering the final year of his contract and RT Gosder Cherilus coming off micro-fracture knee surgery.

Running back: The Lions released Kevin Smith, leaving them with second-year Jahvid Best and veteran Maurice Morris. They have for years now lacked a true power back.

MEDICAL WATCH
No updates.

DRAFT ELIGIBLE PLAYERS WITH PRIVATE WORKOUT OR VISIT

VISITS

CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado

CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska

DE Cam Jordan, California

LB Bruce Carter, North Carolina

WR Torrey Smith, Maryland

DE Greg Romeus, Pitt

G-C Mike Pouncey, Florida

RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma

SCHEDULED

OT David Mims, Virginia Union

DE-LB Chris Carter, Fresno State

LB Doug Hogue, Syracuse

OG Will Rackley, Lehigh

FRANCHISE PLAYER
None.

TRANSITION PLAYER
None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

–CB Nathan Vasher: Potential UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS AQCUIRED

–S Erik Coleman: FA Falcons; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

–CB Eric King (released).

–LB Julian Peterson (released/failed physical).

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