Jason Hanson will be the Lions kicker for a 21st season in 2012 with the expected release of rookie kicker Derek Dimke. Hanson, 42, is the Lions all-time leading scorer as well as well as the all-time leader in field goals (463) and extra points (627).
“In four years I don’t know that he’s ever not said ‘I’m ready.'” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said this week of Hanson. “There have been some where we figure in pregame, ‘Hey we’re good from 55’ or from 56 and we might have one from 58 and look at him and he just nods and goes out. He’s old school that way. He’s just going to go out on the field and do his job. He’s had a very long career because he’s been consistent and he’s risen to challenges along the way.”
The Lions notified nine other players this morning that they are expected to be released today. No transactions are official until 4 p.m.
Among those players are fullback James Bryant, receiver Jarett Dillard, running back Stephfon Green, safety Sean Jones, guard Jacques McClendon, linebacker Slade Norris, guard J.C. Oram, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner and receiver Terrence Toliver.
The Lions have until 4 p.m. to get down to 75 players on the roster.
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