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Friday, May 1, 2009
Black and Blue all over: A surprise cut in Detroit

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

I'm guessing at least a few of the veterans on Detroit's roster sat up a little straighter Thursday after new coach Jim Schwartz released cornerback Travis Fisher, who by default was the Lions' No. 1 cornerback entering training camp. At least, Fisher thought he was.

Here's what he said a few weeks ago, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News:

"It's a situation for me, personally, to go into camp feeling like I'm the No. 1 guy."

Sorry, Travis. The Lions released him on the eve of their rookie minicamp, a bold move in the sense that they aren't really in position to shed talent. Whether you think Fisher was a talented cornerback or not, he probably belongs on an NFL team. You can't say that about every player whose name has resided on the Lions' roster in recent years.

Consider it a mild warning shot for a group of players who has no business being comfortable or making assumptions about its role on the team.

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