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Detroit Lions release former LSU RB Stevan Ridley

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The Detroit Lions have released running back Stevan Ridley before ever playing a game with the team.

The Lions announced Thursday morning that they had cut the former LSU tailback.

Signed to a one-year deal in April, Ridley appeared sparingly in preseason with the Lions. He carried nine times for 27 yards in the team's two preseason games thus far.

With Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick seemingly set as the Lions first- and second-string running backs, Ridley found himself squeezed out in the numbers game in Detroit.

Rookie Dwayne Washington, a seventh-round pick out of the University of Washington, also has impressed in his first two games. He has eight carries for 34 yards with a touchdown, as well as a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a reception for 15 yards.

Ridley, 27, previously played four seasons with the New England Patriots from 2011-14 and spent last season with the New York Jets. He was drafted by the Patriots in the third-round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

During his Patriots career, Ridley rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns on 649 rushing attempts. His best season with the team came in 2012, when he racked up 1,263 yards and 12 scores.

Last season with the Jets, Ridley rushed for just 90 yards and no touchdowns in eight games after missing the first half of the season due to injury.

During his three-year career at LSU from 2008-10, Ridley rushed for 1,419 yards and 19 touchdowns, including 1,147 yards and 15 scores during his junior season alone.

Following Ridley’s release Thursday, Patriots reporter Mike Reiss speculated that a return move to New England might make sense for the former LSU star due to some depth concerns at the position.

In a scenario where Ridley did rejoin the Patriots, though, he might want to do something about the large Jets tattoo he got on his forearm last season.

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