The Lions have cleared room on the roster to activate Kyle Van Noy who will be eligible to play his first game on Nov. 9.
Safety Jerome Couplin and tight end Jordan Thompson were released according to a team announcement on Saturday.
Van Noy, a second-round pick out of BYU, was on short-term injured reserve following sports hernia surgery prior to the start of the regular season. He started practicing two weeks ago.
Look for the Lions to possibly ease him into action with special packages and special teams play.
Van Noy never missed a college or high school game due to injury. When he was drafted, he was expected to be an immediate starter.
Couplin has played in all eight games this season mostly on special teams. If he clears waivers he could be signed to the practice squad.
Thompson was signed from the practice squad two weeks ago when Eric Ebron was added to the injured group of tight ends. Thompson could also return to the practice squad.
It's possible that Fauria, Ebron and Pettigrew (who missed the game in London with a foot injury) could return to action next week.
The two cuts leave one roster spot open. Defensive tackle C.J. Mosley could be activated off the suspended list this week.
The Lions (6-2) have Sunday off as their bye. They return to work on Monday to prepare to play the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 9 at Ford Field.