Detroit Lions send home William Powell after cutting him in London

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Playing games in London is really important to the NFL as they try and lay the platform for an eventual team in the capital of the UK.

But with such a move comes a lot of criticism. It is well documented that there has been plenty of resistance to the idea of playing so many international NFL games abroad in London. Logistically it's a nightmare for players and the teams playing in the UK. But regardless of the problems with travel, NFL teams have to go about their business as normal.

Well..simply put, that sucks for a guy like William Powell right now.

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Brutal times

That is because the Detroit Lions practice squad running back has just been fired from the Detroit squad and told he should leave the team just hours after making the arduous trip to the UK with the Lions.

It is pretty devastating for a player to be fired from an NFL team at any time, let alone when you're 3,748 miles from home. We have all seen the devastating footage on hard knocks when players are told the upsetting news that they have been cut. Now imagine that the player has been cut just as he's enjoying his new surroundings in a country that he has potentially never been to before. That's brutal.

No other choice

But regardless of the brutal nature of the Lions' latest firing, what else can we really expect from the NFL team? Sport is a cut throat business, and it doesn't matter where you are in the world, once you're surplus to requirements you will be duly told.

Lions' coach Jim Caldwell spoke to the Detroit Free Press about the matter on Wednesday, and he admitted although it was hard to do, it's just the nature of the business of the NFL.

"It's a difficult thing to do, and you certainly would not want to do it. A guy just gets here and, within 48 hours, he's heading back home," Caldwell told the Detroit Free Press.

"But that's kind of the nature of our business. The guys understand it, and I think, if you're up front and you tell them exactly why and what the reasons are and those kinds of things, it's a bitter pill to swallow, but they understand."

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