DETROIT — After four years with the Indianapolis Colts, veteran safety Darren Sharpen is back in his hometown of Detroit.

    On Sunday, the Lions took on the Oakland Raiders, but it was just Sharpen’s first game as a starter since he was cut by the Colts two weeks ago.

    Sharpen will be returning to Detroit with a new contract worth $3.3 million, per ESPN’s Field Yates.

    “We’re looking forward to getting the ball in his hands, getting the football in his hand, and making sure he can continue to help us win games,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said of Sharpen.

    A six-time Pro Bowler, Sharpen had been on the Lions’ practice squad since mid-March and was slated to start the season on the physically unable to perform list.

    He was cut March 23 after suffering a broken right hand in training camp.

    It’s unclear if Sharpen has played in a game in the past two seasons, when he missed eight games with a fractured left thumb.

    In 2013, he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in five years.

    He had a career-high 16 tackles and two interceptions in Week 14 against the New England Patriots.

    But Sharpe has missed most of training camp with the injury.

    He also missed all of the team’s preseason games with the injuries.

    The Colts signed Sharpen in April after his release from the Colts.

    He had three interceptions in 2014 and has recorded 14 interceptions in his last six seasons.

    At age 35, Sharpe is a bit older than most of the Detroit defensive backs, but his production has not dipped.

    He’s a former Pro Bowledigger who has played five seasons in the league and a handful of games in the CFL.

    During his 10-year career, Sharpens 12 interceptions ranks third all-time.

    He has played a combined 1,814 career games, with the first-year Lions in 2014.

    His two interceptions last season came on a fumble recovery in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

    He added a pick-six and forced a fumble that led to a field goal in the Lions 23-20 win at Cincinnati.

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