The Detroit Lions have some defensive end help coming, and now they're paring down the position.

The Lions have released Jeremiah Valoaga, the team announced Saturday. The undrafted free agent was a healthy scratch for the team's 30-23 home loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving.

And now, with veteran rush specialist Dwight Freeney set to make his Lions debut next Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, the need for a skill set like Valoaga diminished. An undrafted free-agent signing out of UNLV, Valoaga had been receiving snaps as a pass rusher but struggled to set the edge against the run.

At 37 years old, Freeney isn't going to be setting the edge either, but he has quite a better track record of getting after the passer. At 6 feet 1 inch and 268 pounds, Freeney ranks second among all active players with 125.5 career sacks. So many of those came in his prime with the Indianapolis Colts and Jim Caldwell, but he had three sacks in four games with the Seattle Seahawks this season to showcase that he can still be of help in limited settings.