Lions send player home from London after cutting him

There will be no tea or crumpets — or a job — in William Powell’s immediate future.

Per the Detroit Free Press, the Lions on Wednesday released Powell from the practice squad, sending him home from London ahead of Sunday’s game against the Falcons.

Following a nearly eight-hour flight, the Lions landed across the pond on Monday. Two days later, they bid adieu to Powell, who’s now making the long, lonely trek back to the States.

The decision wasn’t an easy one for coach Jim Caldwell.

“It’s a difficult thing to do, and you certainly would not want to do it — a guy just gets here and, within 48 hours, he’s heading back home,” Caldwell said, per the Detroit Free Press. “But that’s kind of the nature of our business. The guys understand it, and I think, if you’re up front and you tell them exactly why and what the reasons are and those kinds of things, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but they understand.”

Powell, a second-year running back, was cut in favor of safety Jerome Couplin, who was re-signed to the team’s taxi squad. Powell, 26, appeared in 13 games for the Cardinals in 2012, rushing for 217 yards on 60 carries.

(Photo credit: AP/Tony Avelar)

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  • Bill Atkinson

    Did they make him swim home?

  • IGH-28

    He was a very talented RB.Just needs a chance at more carries a game.

  • Big J

    What a CLASSLESS move…what, they wanted to save 2 days’ food expense for the guy? Poor kid having one of the worst days of his life and he has to travel back alone, away from his team mates? Yeah, the guys know it is all part the business, sure, maybe for an 8 year guy, but a 2nd year player?