Lions release injury-prone CB Bill Bentley
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions confirmed shortly after their mandatory mini-camp ended Thursday that they were releasing injury-prone cornerback Bill Bentley.
Bentley was still trying to recover from a knee injury in the opening game last year that forced him to miss the remainder of the season.
He was the talk of preseason camp during his rookie year in 2012 when he won a starting job as a third-round draft pick coming out of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Bentley, however, played in only four games before shoulder surgery ended that season for him.
He played in 13 games in 2013, including five starts, and then started the opener last year at the nickel cornerback position before suffering another major setback.
The top candidates to fill the nickel spot for the Lions include: Josh Wilson, an eight-year veteran who was signed as a free agent this offseason; rookie Quandre Diggs, a sixth-round draft pick from Texas who has been a standout during recent practices; and Nevin Lawson, a fourth-round pick last year who is coming off a season-ending foot injury.