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Source: Lions cut Kellen Moore, Joseph Fauria

The Detroit Lions are releasing quarterback Kellen Moore and tight end Joseph Fauria, a source told ESPN Insider Field Yates.

Moore's spot as the No. 3 quarterback was precarious because the team has injury issues along the offensive and defensive lines along with an overflow of talent at running back and wide receiver.

Considering Moore had been with the Lions for three seasons and had not appeared in a regular-season game, having him as a No. 3 quarterback was more of a luxury. According to MLive, Moore would have practice squad eligibility if the Lions wanted to go that route as the franchise has been big on keeping the continuity of the quarterback room intact for starter Matthew Stafford.

Fauria's release became a possibility after Detroit traded for tight end Tim Wright on Monday. Fauria had a standout rookie season, catching seven touchdown passes as a red zone threat.

He suffered an ankle injury in an offseason situation last year. He said he tripped chasing his dog after the dog urinated on the floor, and it cost him the majority of the season.

With the Lions cutting Fauria and Casey Pierce, it appears the team will go with former first-round picks Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew along with Wright at tight end on the initial 53-man roster.