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Lions release two players following gambling suspensions, stick with first-round draft pick

The Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Quintez Cephus and safety C.J. Moore after the players were suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s gambling policy. The decision comes after an NFL investigation found that the players had bet on NFL games last season, and as a result, both players had been suspended “indefinitely.” Two other Lions players, including 2022 first-round draft pick Jameson Williams and wideout Stanley Berryhill, were also named in the investigation and were suspended for the team’s first six regular season games of the 2023 season. The Lions did not cut Williams or Berryhill but said it plans to work with them “to ensure they understand the severity of these violations.” The agency representing Williams said in a statement that his violation was not for betting on football but rather due to a technical rule regarding the actual location in which the online bet was placed. The league said it “uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way.” Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney was also suspended indefinitely as part of the league’s review.

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