DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Ziggy Ansah, DT Ricky Jean Francois, LB Eli Harold, RB Zach Zenner, TE Levine Toilolo, TE Luke Willson, WR TJ Jones, CB DeShawn Shead, RB...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed free agent linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.
The Lions also announced Wednesday that they have signed defensive end Alex Barrett to the practice squad and released tight end Jerome Cunningham from the practice squad.
NEW YORK GIANTS (3-13)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: OL Justin Pugh; C Weston Richburg; G D.J. Fluker; RBs Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen; QB Geno Smith; WR Tavarres King; DT Jay Bromley; DE Kerry Wynn; LBs Keenan Robinson, Jonathan Casillas, Devon Kennard, Kelvin Sheppard, Akeem Ayers and Deontae Skinner; S Nat Berhe; CB Darryl Morris.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants right guard D.J. Fluker is going to miss the Thanksgiving game against the Redskins in Washington.
The Giants also announced that tackle Justin Pugh (back) and middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle) also will miss the game.
The injury to Fluker means the Giants will have to use their eighth offensive line combination in 11 games. It is expected that veteran John Greco or first-year player Jon Halapio will replace Fluker.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed veteran free-agent linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.
The team announced the signing Friday and also waived rookie linebacker Hendrick Ekpe.
Sheppard is entering his seventh season in the NFL. He had 50 tackles and made 11 starts for the New York Giants in 2016, a year after he had 105 tackles as a starter for Miami.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Six months after general manager Jerry Reese revamped the New York Giants' defense with the draft and free agency, coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is finally going to get a chance to play with his new toy.
With Olivier Vernon, Damon 'Snacks' Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, Kelvin Sheppard, Keenan Robinson, Darian Thompson and Leon Hall added to the roster, the Giants are no longer the NFL's worst defense.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-10)
New faces: Rookie coach Adam Gase, DE Mario Williams, rookie G Laremy Tunsil, RB Arian Foster, LB Kiko Alonso, CB Bobby Maxwell, S Isa Abdul-Quddus.
Key losses: DE Olivier Vernon, DE Derrick Shelby, CB Brent Grimes, CB Brice McCain, CB Jamar Taylor, RB Lamar Miller, LB Kelvin Sheppard, WR Rishard Matthews, WR Greg Jennings.