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Backus joins Lions' staff

Jeff Backus has rejoined the Detroit Lions in a new capacity.

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.