Lions hire Kelvin Sheppard as the linebackers coach

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The Lions are bringing back a familiar face to the coaching staff. Former Lions linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is rejoining the team as the new LBs coach, per numerous sources.

The move is not yet official, but Sheppard recently added “Detroit Lions” to his Twitter profile and has retweeted several messages indicating support for his apparent hiring.

Sheppard comes from LSU, where he was hired last March as the director of player development for his alma mater. His NFL career ended after a stint in 2018 with the Lions, his sixth team in eight NFL seasons. Sheppard was a third-round pick by the Bills in 2011 after a stellar college career.

Sheppard joins new inside LB coach Mark DeLeone, whose hiring was officially announced by the Lions on Friday.

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