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Detroit Lions cut 17-year long snapper Don Muhlbach, add quarterback Jordan Ta'amu

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have released Don Muhlbach, ending his 17-season career with the franchise.

Detroit made the move Tuesday — Muhlbach’s 40th birthday — to create a roster spot to sign former XFL quarterback Jordan Ta’amu.

“Don Muhlbach will go down as one of the all-time Detroit Lions greats,” Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp said in a statement.

Muhlbach played in 260 games, trailing only former kicker Jason Hanson on the team’s career list.

The 23-year-old Ta’amu was undrafted out of Mississippi in 2018.

He gives Detroit another option at quarterback other than Jared Goff in its preseason game Saturday night at Pittsburgh with backups Tim Boyle (ankle) and David Blough (shoulder) limited by injuries.