In the end, it became a numbers game for defensive tackle Andre Fluellen and defensive end Everette Brown.
The defensive linemen are expected to be among the Lions cuts before Friday’s 9 p.m. deadline, according to a league source.
That will leave the Lions with nine defensive linemen at deadline with defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams, Nick Fairley and Sammie Hill and defensive ends Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Willie Young, Lawrence Jackson and rookie Ronnell Lewis.
Fluellen has been a versatile component of the defensive line for the past four seasons with his ability to play both tackle and end.
Brown, who the Lions signed as a free agent this offseason, has shown flashes this preseason, but was too inconsistent in the end.
“He fits our scheme well,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Brown after Thursday’s 38-32 victory over the Bills.
“He’s been a little bit up and down in the preseason, but he’s had also some times he’s really made big plays including the last play of this game. He also made a sack on another one. We have a good group on the D-line and he’s one of them.”
The team has also notified guard Rodney Austin, safety Reshard Langford, receiver Lance Long, cornerback Justin Miller and receiver Maurice Stovall of their pending releases.
Miller’s release leaves the Lions with five cornerbacks as of Friday night: Chris Houston, Bill Bentley, Jacob Lacey, Kevin Barnes and Jonte Green. The Lions might not be done adding to that position before the start of the regular season.
The release of Long and Stovall improve the chances of undrafted rookie free agent receiver Patrick Edwards making the roster.
The latest cuts give the Lions 19, leaving them two short leading into the 9 p.m. deadline.
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