Lions release running back Stevan Ridley

Posted at 2:41 PM, Aug 25, 2016

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have cut running back Stevan Ridley.

They made the move Thursday before practice.

Detroit signed Ridley in April, hoping he would bolster its depth in the backfield after releasing Joique Bell.

Ridley started in one game and played in eight more for the New York Jets last season and ran for just 90 yards. He had 1,263 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns in 2012 with the New England Patriots. Ridley has run for 2,907 yards and 22 touchdowns over his five-year career.

The Lions' third preseason game Friday night at Baltimore will give players such as receiver and returner Jeremy Kerley an opportunity to earn a spot on a team that has a lot of players positioning for jobs.