Detroit Lions sign LB Kelvin Sheppard

The Detroit Lions have signed free agent LB Kelvin Sheppard to the 53-man roster. He had two visits with the team this year before finally inking a deal. The former New York Giants linebacker will take the roster spot left by recently-traded WR Golden Tate.

Contract details were not disclosed.

Sheppard has not played a snap yet this year, but comes to Detroit after spending the last two seasons with the Giants, 2014-15 with the Miami Dolphins, 2013 with the Indianapolis Colts and he started his career with the Buffalo Bills in 2011. The 30-year was originally drafted in the third round out of LSU and has 424 tackles in 100 career games played.

The Lions also made a practice squad swap as they re-signed DE Alex Barrett and released TE Jerome Cunningham.

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