Veterans P Nick Harris, CB Nathan Vasher and WR Derrick Williams were among the notable cuts made by the Lions on Saturday.
Harris, the team's punter since 2003, was beaten out by rookie Ryan Donahue. Harris averaged 44.6 yards per punt in 2010. But Donahue, an Iowa product, was a cheaper option and he performed well in the preseason with an average of 44.1 yards per punt on 12 kicks, including three inside the 20.
Vasher, a former Pro Bowler, likely lost his roster spot when CB Alphonso Smith was taken off of the non-football injury list.
Williams, a third-round pick by the team in 2009, struggled to find a place on the team and was beaten out by rookie Titus Young and special-teams standous Rashied Davis and Maurice Stovall.
The rest of the cuts included: WR Dominique Barnes, DT Robert Callaway, LB Caleb Campbell, OT Kirk Chambers, RB Matt Clapp, DE Keyunta Dawson, TE Joe Jon Finley, S Aaron Francisco, C Dan Gerberry, WR Nate Hughes, RB Ian Johnson, CB Anthony Madison, CB Prince Miller, LB Cobrani Mixon, DT Quinn Pitcock, DB Paul Pratt, TE Gijon Robinson, QB Zac Robinson, S Ricardo Silva, OG Donald Thomas, WR Tim Toone, WR Derrick Williams and DE Narada Williams.
Also, OT Johnny Culbreath was put on injured reserve.