The Lions freed Hand from the injured reserve with an injury settlement on Tuesday, allowing him to sign with any other team once he clears the waivers.
Hand, a 2018 second-round pick, played 29 games in his four years with the Lions and missed 30 games with injury.
The Lions placed Hand on the injured list earlier this month for the second time this season with a groin injury.
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Hand initially injured himself at training camp. He missed the first seven weeks of the season, returned for the Lions’ Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and then compounded the injury Nov. 21 against the Cleveland Browns.
Hand spent time in the injured reserve in each of his first three seasons in the NFL. In 2018, he missed all three games with an MCL sprained right knee. In 2019, he was limited to three games due to elbow and ankle injuries. And last year he missed three games with a groin injury and suffered an ankle injury ending the season in December.
Hand was to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the Lions were not to bring him back. Players cannot return from IR twice in the same season.
He shares the same agent as Lions general manager Brad Holmes.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions release DL Da’Shawn Hand from casualty reserve