ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions released kicker Havard Rugland and four other players Tuesday.
A year ago, Rugland was working at a child protective services facility in Norway. The 28-year-old Norwegian dubbed “Kickalicious” became an Internet sensation after producing a YouTube video highlighted by quirky trick shots.
He had tryouts with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Detroit, and the Lions were the only team to offer him a contract. He was signed April 11 to give kicker David Akers some competition, and Rugland made each of his three field goals during the preseason.
“Exposure means a lot in this league,” Akers said. “If he can catch on to gain experience, the sky’s the limit.”
The Lions also released cornerback Dequan Menzie, wide receiver Terrance Austin and tight ends Cameron Morrah and Matt Veldman.
The Lions claimed Menzie off waivers in May from Kansas City. The Chiefs drafted Menzie last year in the fifth round. Austin, Morrah and Veldman were signed as free agents during the offseason.
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