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Detroit Lions Cut Crowell, Howard

February 25, 2003

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) _ The Detroit Lions released receiver Germane Crowell and kick returner Desmond Howard on Tuesday.

Lions chief executive Matt Millen also said the team has made ``substantial progress″ in restructuring the contract of defensive end Robert Porcher. He would count $10 million against next season’s salary cap under his current agreement.

Howard, a 12-year veteran, missed the final seven games of last season with a neck injury. He won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan in 1991 and Super Bowl MVP with Green Bay in 1997, becoming the fourth player to win both awards.

The Washington Redskins selected Howard fourth overall in the 1992 NFL draft. He also has played for the Jaguars and Raiders.

Germane Crowell played in just 10 games last season and was plagued by knee injuries. He had 22 receptions for 201 yards and one touchdown in 2002.

Crowell had his biggest season in 1999, when he had 81 receptions for 1,338 yards and seven touchdowns. He has spent his entire six-year career with the Lions.

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