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Rogers and Wojo break down Detroit's decision to trade Golden Tate and the team's upcoming matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Justin Rogers, The Detroit News

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The Lions have signed linebacker Kelvin Sheppard with the roster spot created by the Golden Tate trade, the team announced Wednesday.

The move gives the Lions another former member of the New York Giants front seven, joining defensive tackle Damon Harrison, defensive end Romeo Okwara and linebacker Devon Kennard.

Detroit also signed defensive end Alex Barrett to the practice squad, and released tight end Jerome Cunningham from the practice squad.

Sheppard played in 23 games for the Giants from 2016-17 and had 99 tackles (62 solo) and two interceptions.

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Sheppard was a third-round pick by Buffalo in 2011 out of LSU, playing two seasons with Buffalo, before a season with Indianapolis and two with Miami.

Over his career, Sheppard has played 100 games played (62 starts),424 tackles (276 solo), 3.0 sacks, 25 tackles for loss and two interceptions.

Sheppard worked out for the Lions this week and also in July.

Tate, a wide receiver, was dealt Tuesday at the trade deadline to Philadelphia for a third-round pick.

Matt Schoch is a freelance writer.

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