DETROIT - The Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Louis Delmas, two starters from last seasons team. Jamaal Magloire Jersey . Burleson spent four seasons with the Lions, but Detroit likely made this decision with financial flexibility in mind. The 32-year-old Burleson caught 39 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown last season in nine games. He missed time after injuring his arm in a car accident. The Lions drafted Delmas in the second round in 2009, and hes been a consistent starter for them since then. If Burleson and Delmas dont return to Detroit under different contract terms, the Lions will have significant holes to fill at both receiver and in the secondary. "The last 4 years in Michigan been incredible!" said a message on Burlesons Twitter account Thursday. "MY TEAM, FANS & the CITY will missed more than you know! Thank You!" When healthy, Burleson was a productive complement to star receiver Calvin Johnson. Now the pressure will be on Detroits other receivers to step up. Ryan Broyles has been limited by injuries, but Kris Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards last season, so perhaps he could fill a bigger role in 2014. Delmas started 15 games last season and finished with a career-high three interceptions. It looked like Delmas might leave the Lions last off-season, but he agreed to stay with Detroit on a two-year contract. Safety Glover Quin started all 16 games for the Lions last season, but none of the other safeties on the roster have much experience in major roles. The popular Burleson caught 194 passes in his four seasons with the Lions, including a career-high 73, when Detroit made the playoffs. That was also the last time he played a full season. Darren Collison Jersey . Trailing 4-1 in the final set, Sharapova steadied her erratic service game and took command again to beat the 56th-ranked American 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 on clay at the Magic Box tennis centre. 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Bryan Bickell suffered a Grade 2 knee sprain at the end of the Western Conference final, Marian Hossa played through a bad back, Michal Handzus had hand and knee problems and Jonathan Toews got his "bell rung," according to coach Joel Quenneville. "We were pretty smooth coming into the finals," Quenneville said. "We exited the L.A. series and Bick probably shouldnt have played a game in this series. After Game 3 he looked like he was back to normal, which was big for us, and Hossa was kind of banged-up and Johnny coming into this game banged-up. And were not talking about the rest of the crew. The resiliency all year long of finding ways and the depth I think was one (thing) that made it so special for us." Handzus, 36, was the first player to receive the Cup after Toews. That place was well-earned beyond his NHL experience. "He had more issues than anybody," Quenneville said. "He had a bad hand, he had a bad knee, he had old age. He had a lot of things going on." Bickells knee problem should have sidelined him three to four weeks, said Quenneville, who only broke up his line with Toews and Conn Smythe Trrophy-winner Patrick Kane to ease pressure on the injured winger. Greivis Vasquez Jersey. There was no easing up on Bergeron, who left Game 5 with injury but managed to get onto the ice for Game 6 in Boston. He said that was thanks to a lot of help from the medical staff. "Everyones banged up, everyone wants to help the team and obviously I couldnt do that in Game 5," Bergeron said. "It was mostly because they were worried about my spleen being hurt, so thats why we had to go to the hospital. But everything was fine so it was just the ribs, and the muscles, and the soft tissue. So obviously I wouldve liked to stay in it but I was going through a lot of pain." Bruins right-winger Jaromir Jagr was in and out of Game 6 with an undisclosed injury, and right-winger Nathan Horton dealt with a suspected shoulder injury all series. Defenceman Zdeno Chara was rendered ineffective as the final went on, but that was also because he was hurt. "Zdeno is one of those players that unfortunately was not 100 per cent," coach Claude Julien said. "So he battled through it." More injury information will likely come out in the coming days, but Julien wasnt willing to disclose too much after his teams elimination. "This not a time to make excuses. Theyve got injuries, too," he said. "As the series went on, talking about since the start of the Stanley Cup, we had some injuries. Its hard to keep guys out. They want to play through it, and some guys were able to do that." ' ' '