The Lions released Asiata on Friday.

Asiata would have provided some goal-line punch if he made the Lions' 53-man roster, but his performance in the preseason was lacking, to say least. He converted 27 carries into 66 yards and no touchdowns, adding two catches on four targets for 14 yards. After a successful five-year run with the Vikings prior to this stint with the Lions, it wouldn't surprise if another organization gives Asiata a shot, perhaps as early as Week 1.

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