Lions terminate contract of CB Chris Houston

Chris Houston started 54 of 55 games for Detroit. (USATSI)
Chris Houston started 54 of 55 games for Detroit. (USATSI)

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Cornerback Chris Houston, who had started 54 of the 55 games he's played for the Lions in the past four seasons, has been terminated by Detroit, the team announced Friday afternoon.

Houston, who's missed a total of 10 games since arriving in Detroit for the 2010 season, is coming off toe surgery, and for the past few months, the Lions seemingly have been unclear if Houston would be ready to play by training camp.

Plus, Houston is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, and the fact he'll turn 30 in October probably didn't help his cause either.

“Chris Houston underwent a significant medical procedure this spring," the team said in a statement. "Both parties felt that the best course of action at this time was to release Chris and allow him to rehabilitate away from the club. The Lions appreciate Chris' contributions over the years and wish him the best in his recovery.”

That won't be the end of it for the Lions, though. Houston signed a five-year, $25 million contract before the 2013 season, and he still counts as $5.2 million of dead money in the 2014 salary cap, $2.6 million in 2015 and $1.3 million in 2016.

The injury might not be the sole reason Detroit parted ways with Houston.

Without Houston, 2013 second-round pick Darius Slay will get a chance to join Rashean Mathis in the starting lineup. The team also drafted Utah State Nevin Lawson in the fourth round last month.

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