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Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Damon Harrison

Houston — Snacks is back. 

The Detroit Lions announced Thursday morning that defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been activated off the non-football injury list. 

"We'll start acclimating him back into practice and getting him ready to go, just like all the guys that have been coming off situations where we feel we've got to ease them back in," Patricia said. "We do understand there's a little bit of a time lapse between the guys who have been in the middle of everything and guys that are coming back, so we just want to be smart."

The star interior lineman, acquired shortly before the trade deadline last year, revitalized Detroit's run defense, transforming the unit from one of the league's worst the first six games into one of the best the final 10 contests. 

Harrison hasn't practiced this year, skipping the offseason program, including mandatory minicamp. His representation had approached the Lions about a contract extension, despite two years remaining on his current deal. 

He reported to camp on time with the rest of the veterans, but was immediately shifted to the non-football injury list. 

He's set to make $6.75 million this year and $9 million in 2020. By sitting out the offseason program, he forfeited a $250,000 workout bonus and ate another $88,000 in fines for missing minicamp. 

In additional to Harrison, the Lions also got linebacker Jarrad Davis back on the practice field. He had been sidelined since early last week, starting with the three joint practices with New England. 

On Thursday, Patricia also provided an injury update for a few other players. The team left Marvin Jones back in Detroit as the veteran receiver continues to ramp up his workload following last season's knee injury. Danny Amendola made the trip, but didn't do much during the joint practices with the Texans as he battles through his own injury. 

That's created an opportunity for receivers lower on the depth chart. Tommmylee Lewis, Andy Jones, Tom Kennedy and Chris Lacy all received reps with the first-team offense the past two days. 

There's also defensive tackle Mike Daniels, who hasn't practiced since signing with Detroit, despite telling the NFL Network last week he intended to practice this week. 

Patricia said the team is trying to be smart with Daniels after last year's season-ending foot injury. 

"For him, coming to us when he did and for us, working with the doctors that he had up in Green Bay, it’s truly a day-by-day thing," Patricia said. "This is for us, diving in to the middle of something and making sure we’re smart with it. That’s really what we’re trying to do is just be smart with the whole situation as we go forward."