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Backus Rejoins Lions As Part-Time Coaching Intern

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DETROIT, MI - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Jeff Backus of the Detroit Lions poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Jeff Backus of the Detroit Lions poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Backus has rejoined the Detroit Lions in a new capacity.

The team announced Tuesday the retired tackle will be a part-time coaching intern that will assist the offensive line this season.

Backus retired in March after missing only one game in his 12-year career.

Detroit selected him from Michigan in the first round of the 2001 NFL draft. He started his first 186 games — plus one playoff game — before a hamstring injury forced him to miss last year’s Thanksgiving game against Houston.

In other moves, the Lions said Tuesday that they signed two undrafted rookie free agents — defensive ends Robert Maci and Spencer Nealy.

The Lions say they released defensive tackle Michael Brooks and wide receiver Chastin West.

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