New cornerback Kevin Barnes was on the field for the portion of practice open to the media Tuesday morning on his first official day as a Lion. The Lions traded a conditional draft pick for the former Redskins cornerback on Monday.
Barnes (6-1, 190) played the nickel cornerback role in the slot last season, but was competing with second-year players Brandyn Thompson and veteran David Jones for a potential fifth spot, according to the Washington Examiner.
Lions have an obvious need for depth and talent at cornerback with starters Chris Houston (ankle) and Bill Bentley (shoulder) suffering injuries in Saturday’s third preseason game in Oakland. Both players have yet to return to practice.
Barnes, a former third-round pick out of Maryland, played in 15 games last season with one start. He had 26 tackles and two interceptions. He will wear No. 32.
Besides Houston and Bentley, the Lions practiced without a number of other players Tuesday.
Running back Kevin Smith remains out with that ankle injury suffered against the Raiders.
Also out were: receiver Titus Young, defensive ends Kyle Vanden Bosch and Lawrence Jackson and linebackers Stephen Tulloch and Travis Lewis.
Receiver Calvin Johnson, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus and safety John Wendling returned to practice after missing Monday.
Running back Stefan Logan participated in a second straight practice.
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