Hanson sprained his knee Nov. 7 against the New York Jets, and the Lions had been hoping he would recover in time to kick in their final few games. But obviously that's not the case. Dave Rayner, who has converted four of six attempts since replacing him, will continue in his current role.
Hanson, 40, is signed through the 2012 season. So it's probably a little early to wonder if he's kicked for the last time. He has had knee surgery in each of the past two training camps, but in 18 previous seasons, Hanson had missed only one game.
We'll let you know when the Lions announce the move and how they fill the open roster spot.
*Update: The Lions signed free-agent cornerback Tye Hill to fill Hanson's roster spot, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Hill hasn't played this season. The Tennessee Titans released him in September.