Detroit Lions activate Devon Kennard, sign CB

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Lions linebacker Devon Kennard

Allen Park — The Detroit Lions activated linebacker Devon Kennard off the non-football injury list prior to Wednesday's practice. 

"It felt good being out there with my teammates, with some shoulder pads on again and everything," Kennard said. 

After spending his first four seasons with the New York Giants, the Lions signed Kennard to a three-year, $17.25 million contract this offseason. The 6-foot-4, 256-pounder is expected to be play a versatile role in Detroit's new defensive scheme. 

He was significantly limited in his participation during his first practice, only completing a handful of individual drills. While he was out, Kennard did his best to maintain his conditioning by running sprints on sideline and taking mental reps during the team portions.

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"It was definitely frustrating, but I took every mental rep I could," he said. 

Kennard declined to answer questions about why he was sidelined the first four camp practices, but said he didn't anticipate it being long before he's fully up to speed. 

In addition to adding Kennard to the active roster, the Lions also made a swap at cornerback, re-signing Josh Okonye and releasing Central Michigan University alumnus Amari Coleman. 

Okonye returns to Detroit after originally signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Purdue. A graduate transfer, he spent the previous four seasons at Wake Forest. In his one year with the Boilermakers, he tallied 41 stops and 10 pass breakups.