ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have signed veteran linebacker Ryan Nece and claimed rookie running back Marcus Thomas.
The team also has released linebacker Anthony Cannon and fullback-tight end Sean McHugh, and signed eight players to the practice squad.
Nece signed with Tampa Bay as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2002 and played six seasons with the Buccaneers, appearing in 85 games and starting 35. Nece, the son of Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, was released Saturday by Tampa Bay.
San Diego drafted Thomas out of Texas-El Paso in the fifth round (166th overall) this spring and released him Saturday.
The Lions also signed eight players to the practice squad, including four who were cut Saturday. They included former University of Michigan quarterback and New York Yankees prospect Drew Henson.
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