The Detroit Lions released longtime snapper Don Muhlbach on his 40th birthday on Thursday and caused a backlash from coach Dan Campbell when asked about it after practice.
Muhlbach, who had been with the Lions since 2004 and had played most of the time on special teams, is a two-time pro Bowler. But Campbell explained that the team needed to free up some roster space as the players returned.
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“Without a doubt,” Campbell said when asked if it was difficult to take down Muhlbach. “There’s no way to water that down. I am a hole. That’s pretty much the best way to put it and I hate it. No it is, but there was no way around it, really. let’s say there is, but ultimately it falls on me. It’s my fault and Don is a hell of a guy. It sucks, but it is.
“There were a number of moves like with Nick (Williams) going down the wire to get it back from COVID / Reserve and linebacker (Rashod Berry) then quarterback (Jordan Ta’amu) because of the where we were there. Again it puts pressure and you are looking for that place. Unfortunately, it must be her birthday, and it stinks. “
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Campbell is in his first season with the Lions. He said the cutting process was a bit difficult for him.
“Look, I was lucky to have – I spent 12 weeks in Miami,” he said. “So I had a taste of it already and really during the most difficult time of the year, which was the season. So I kinda knew what I was walking in. Now what I did You don’t necessarily have to worry about what’s going on on the wire and what must have happened a few days ago, when you have to start letting go of the players who just came from. give their heart and soul to everything. It’s difficult.
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“For me, sometimes I can take things personally if I’m honest with you. It does it digs me up a bit and I hate it because I was in that locker room and played and I know when you see these guys literally giving everything they have and you have to let them leaving where you have to make those decisions is difficult. It’s really hard because I appreciate them, but that’s how it is. ”