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Lions reduce roster to 75, cutting Giorgio Tavecchio to give Nate Freese team's kicking job

Detroit Lions cornerback Jonte Green (36) celebrates intercepting a Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Ricky Stanzi pass in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Detroit Lions cornerback Jonte Green (36) celebrates intercepting a Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Ricky Stanzi pass in the second half of a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)  (The Associated Press)

The Detroit Lions have decided to give seventh-round pick Nate Freese a chance to kick for them this season.

Detroit cut kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who was competing with Freese for the job.

The Lions also released cornerback Jonte Green and put safety DeJon Gomes on injured reserve Monday with a neck injury to trim their roster to 75. Green was a sixth-round pick in 2012 and started seven games the past two years.

Quarterback James Franklin, an undrafted rookie from Missouri, fullback Chad Abram, punter Drew Butler and cornerback Aaron Hester were also released ahead of the team's preseason finale Thursday night at Buffalo.

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