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The Lions released Hand from injured reserve with an injury settlement Tuesday, allowing him to sign with any other team once he clears waivers.
Hand, a fourth-round pick in 2018, played 29 games in his four years with the Lions, and missed 30 games with injuries.
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The Lions placed Hand on injured reserve earlier in November for the second time this season with a groin injury.
Hand initially suffered the injury in training camp. He missed the first seven weeks of the season, returned for the Lions' Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, then reaggravated the injury Nov. 21 against the Cleveland Browns.
Hand spent time on injured reserve in each of his first three seasons. In 2018, he missed three games with a sprained MCL in his right knee. In 2019, he was limited to three games by elbow and ankle injuries. And last year, he missed three games with a groin injury and suffered a season-ending ankle injury in December.
Hand was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the Lions were not expected to bring him back. Players cannot return from IR twice in the same season.
He shares the same agent as Lions general manager Brad Holmes.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions release DL Da'Shawn Hand from injured reserve