Detroit Lions place Da'Shawn Hand, Tim Boyle on IR, re-sign Darren Fells, Dean Marlowe

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Da'Shawn Hand is headed to injured reserve for the fourth straight season.

The Detroit Lions placed Hand and quarterback Tim Boyle on IR Thursday, and re-signed tight end Darren Fells and safety Dean Marlowe.

Hand suffered a groin injury in practice Aug. 10 that Lions coach Dan Campbell said last week "ended up being a little more than we thought it would be." He has not practiced since, and now must sit out at least the first three games of the season.

Lions defensive end Da'Shawn Hand celebrates his tackle on Colts running back Nyheim Hines during the first half on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at Ford Field.
Lions defensive end Da'Shawn Hand celebrates his tackle on Colts running back Nyheim Hines during the first half on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at Ford Field.

Hand, who missed three games with a groin injury last year, suffered a season-ending ankle last December. In 2018, Hand missed the final three games with a sprained MCL in his right knee, and in 2019 he was limited to three games by elbow and ankle injuries.

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Boyle broke his right thumb in the Lions' preseason-ending loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He underwent surgery this week and is expected to miss significant time this fall.

The Lions released Fells and Marlowe on Wednesday to create roster space for waiver claims kicker Austin Seibert and receiver KhaDarel Hodge.

NFL teams must carry injured players on their active roster for at least one day after setting their initial 53-man rosters in order for the player to return this year. Teams often release veterans to create temporary cap space to avoid subjecting players they intend to keep to the waiver process.

Fells will play as the Lions' No. 2 tight end this fall, while Marlowe is expected to see time as a core special teams player and backup safety.

The Lions also shuffled their 16-player practice squad Thursday, signing five players who were not with the team this summer — quarterback Steven Montez, linebacker Jessie Lemonier, cornerback Parnell Motley and tight ends Shane Zylstra and Jared Pinkney.

Linebacker Rashod Berry, nose tackle Miles Brown, tight end Alize Mack and Dedrick Mills were cut from the practice squad.

Contact Dave Birkett at dbirkett@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions place Da'Shawn Hand, Tim Boyle on IR