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Lions cut Stevan Ridley

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 25: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots talks with Stevan Ridley #22 of the New York Jets before a game at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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Veteran running back Stevan Ridley is back on the street.

The Lions released Ridley today, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

That’s a surprise considering that new Lions G.M. Bob Quinn -- who was involved in the decision to draft Ridley in New England in 2011 -- gave Ridley $250,000 guaranteed four months ago. But it’s not a surprise if you’ve watched the Lions’ two preseason games: Ridley has been playing with the third stringers, and he has averaged just 3.0 yards a carry. The Lions have two running backs who are clearly ahead of Ridley on the depth chart in Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, and two more young running backs who probably have more promise than Ridley going forward in Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner.

Ridley, who played for the Jets last season after four years with the Patriots, now becomes an unrestricted free agent.