Lions Waive Tion Green, With More RB Cuts Forthcoming

Green won't be the late one voted off the island.

Will Burchfield
May 10, 2018 - 5:19 pm

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The first running back has been voted off the island for the Lions. 

Tion Green was waived by the team on Thursday afternoon. He had almost no chance to make the 53-man roster after the Lions added two more running backs this offseason in LeGarrette Blount and second-round draft pick Kerryon Johnson. 

Green, a second-year undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati, appeared in five games last season, rushing 42 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He was one of the most popular players in Detroit's locker room -- and a fan favorite -- thanks to his infectious enthusiasm. 

The departure of Green brings the Lions down to six running backs. General manager Bob Quinn said he intends to keep "four or five" this season, with three being active each week. So another cut remains, possibly two. 

The two most likely candidates are Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington. Zenner, an undrafted free agent in 2015, appeared in eight games last season and averaged 1.9 yards per carry. Washington, a seventh-round pick in 2016, appeared in five games last season and averaged 2.2 yards per carry. 

The Lions also have Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah, two running backs with similar styles. Riddick's spot on the roster doesn't feel especially safe. Abdullah is considerably less expensive, and the Lions could save about $3.2 million against the cap next season by making Riddick a post-June 1 cut. 

Either way, Green won't be the late one to go.