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Devon Kennard returns from NFI, Lions make a move at CB

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The Lions marquee free agent signing will practice on Wednesday.

NFL: Detroit Lions-Training Camp Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Before the start of today’s practice, the Detroit Lions announced some news that should put some fans at ease. Linebacker Devon Kennard, one of Detroit’s free agent signings aimed at reshaping the defense, is returning from the non-football injury list (NFI) and will practice with the team on Wednesday.

Back at the beginning of training camp, the Lions placed Kennard on the NFI list because he wasn’t “quite ready to go” according to Lions head coach Matt Patricia.

Had Kennard remained on the NFI list throughout the preseason, he could have been placed on the reserve/NFI list, making him ineligible for six weeks of the regular season. But with Kennard making his return to practice today, the prospect of him missing any time now because of the injury that landed him on the NFI is now in the rearview mirror.

The Lions also made another roster move Wednesday morning, waiving cornerback Amari Coleman and signing cornerback Josh Okonye, who was already with the team back in May of this year as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue.