DETROIT (AP) -- The Lions released guard Ross Verba on Wednesday after one season with the team.
Verba, 33, played his first four NFL seasons with Green Bay. The Packers drafted him 30th overall in the 1997 draft, and he played there through the 2000 season.
He spent the next four years with Cleveland, then did not play football in 2005.
During his only season in Detroit, Verba started seven games before a groin injury ended his season.
As a rookie with the Packers in 1997, Verba took over as the starting left tackle in the sixth game. He also started all three playoff games, including the Super Bowl, when he became the first rookie to start at left tackle in the Super Bowl.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he played his college ball at Iowa, where he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior left tackle.