Ex-Miami Hurricanes linebacker Raphael Kirby says he’ll sign with Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions didn’t announce any transactions on Sunday, but a former UM linebacker announced he plans to sign with the team.

Former captain and middle linebacker Raphael Kirby, who went undrafted in May, broke that news on Twitter.

Raphael Kirby celebrates during the 2014 Independence Bowl. (Getty Images)

Raphael Kirby celebrates during the 2014 Independence Bowl. (Getty Images)

Kirby’s college career ended last Oct. 17 when he tore his ACL against Virginia Tech, and he reported himself to be “60 to 70 percent” at UM’s March 31 Pro Day. He was unable to run full-speed at the time, but expected to do so in a few months.

He was UM’s leading tackler (44) at the time of his injury. A 6-foot-1, 235-pound native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Kirby started 19 games in a row before that (all 13 in 2014 at weak-side linebacker). He finished his career with 124 career tackles in 39 games.

He was among 51 players named to the preseason watch list for the 2015 Butkus Award, honoring the nation’s top linebacker.

Should he sign with the Lions, he would reunite with his former head coach, Al Golden, who enters his first season as Detroit’s tight ends coach.

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