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OL Tommy Kraemer from practice squad will be placed on injured reserve by the Lions, place DL Da'Shawn Hand on injured reserve

OL Tommy Kraemer from practice squad will be placed on injured reserve by the Lions, place DL Da'Shawn Hand on injured reserve

Allen PARK -- DaShawn Hand is reverting to injured reserve due to a groin injury, with the Detroit Lions losing the versatile defensive lineman three games into his initial return from the list. He's two games removed from playing the most defensive snaps of his career (68) during the team's tie in Pittsburgh.

In last week's loss against the Browns, Detroit also signed offensive guard Tommy Kraemer from the practice squad, with Halapoulivaati Vaitai missing two practices with a brain injury in concussion protocol. Kraemer replaced Vaitai in the lineup for 33 snaps, and now has a spot on the 53-man with Hand's move to injured reserve.

Hand has missed the same number of games he's played during his four-year career -- 29. This designation also represents his fifth trip to injured reserve in four seasons, highlighting the lengthy list of challenges he's faced since delivering a promising rookie campaign in 2018. Hand was limited to three games due to elbow and ankle injuries in 2019, then was in and out of the lineup for 10 games while dealing with groin and ankle issues last season.

Hand has shown distinctive flashes during his fleeting moments of availability. In 2018, Pro Football Focus featured him tied with Derwin James as the highest-graded rookie and even regarded him as a. He had two tackles in three games, adding one pass deflection and three pressures created across 88 defensive snaps this year.

He leaves the Lions with Michael Brockers, Nick Williams, John Penisini, Hand, and rookies Alim McNeill and Levi Onwuzurike on the defensive line. Detroit has waived defensive lineman Kevin Strong over the weekend for what it's worth. Hand will miss the remainder of the season with this being his second stint on injured reserve.

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