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Lions announce Juneteenth holiday

The Lions are joining the group of teams following the lead of the NFL in observing Juneteenth as a holiday. The team announced the move Tuesday, joining the Broncos, Chiefs, Cowboys, Cardinals, and Panthers. “The Detroit Lions and Ford Field are establishing the observance of Juneteenth as a permanent organizational holiday and closing their offices [more]

Robert Ayers: “Didn’t agree” with Matt Patricia, leading to short stay with Lions

The Lions signed veteran defensive end Robert Ayers during training camp in 2018. A day later, he was gone. And while Ayers didn’t delve too deeply into the topic, he did point to problems with coach Matt Patricia being at the root of his swift departure. “Let’s just say me and the head coach didn’t [more]

Damon Harrison: I’ve turned down some offers, not in a rush to sign

Defensive tackle Damon Harrison welcomed his release from the Lions in February, but he hasn’t found the right place to continue his career yet. Harrison made an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday and said that he’s looking to join “a winning program” for his ninth NFL season. He said he’s spoken to a [more]

Bucs, Lions partially reopen facilities, but coaches remain at home

The Buccaneers and Lions partially reopened their facilities Wednesday to select employees. Both teams’ coaching staffs, though, are continuing to work from home. The NFL allowed teams to reopen with limited staff May 19 as long as all state and local regulations were met, with coaches allowed back in the office beginning last Friday. The [more]

Justin Coleman reflects on his childhood friend Ahmaud Arbery

Lions cornerback Justin Coleman grew up in Brunswick, Georgia, with Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was shot and killed by two white men this year in one of several recent incidents that have caused widespread protests across America. Today Coleman told reporters that Arbery was a friend who could always make him laugh and [more]

Kerryon Johnson says he’s excited to play with D’Andre Swift

Lions running back Kerryon Johnson wasn’t paying close attention to the second round of the draft in April, but he eventually became aware of developments that would impact the look of the backfield in Detroit. Johnson told reporters on a Wednesday conference call that he was finishing off the Harry Potter movie series when the [more]

Frank Ragnow working his tail off in mom’s basement to help running game

Like all NFL players, Lions center Frank Ragnow hasn’t been able to work out at the team’s facility this offseason but he isn’t letting that keep him from trying to be in position to help the team’s attempt to boost their rushing attack. The Lions ranked 21st in rushing last season, which was their best [more]

Lions’ Bo Scarbrough working on his degree, hoping to be an FBI agent

Lions running back Bo Scarbrough is only 23 years old and hopes to play many more seasons in the NFL, but he’s also thinking about his post-football life. Scarbrough is taking classes this summer with an eye toward graduating from Alabama before the season starts. His current class, Criminal Justice 290, will be a step [more]

Lions sign third-rounder Julian Okwara

The Lions got another draft pick under contract Tuesday. The team announced the signing of third-round pick Julian Okwara. The defensive end from Notre Dame is the third of their nine draft picks to sign this spring, joining fourth-rounder Logan Stenberg and sixth-rounder John Penisini. Okwara joins his brother Romeo with the Lions, and adds [more]

Matt Patricia joins Lions players at march in Belle Isle

Word on Thursday was that some current Lions players would take part in a Friday march protesting police brutality organized by former Lions running back Joique Bell in Belle Isle, Michigan and they got company from their head coach. Pictures from the event shared by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press show Matt Patricia [more]

Lions to begin re-opening facility next week

The Lions have vowed to be patient in getting back to work, and that’s shown in their approach to reopening their facility. The team just announced they’d begin the first phase of bringing employees back to Ford Field and the Allen Park facility next Wedesday, June 10. “Our staff across all departments have worked diligently [more]

Some Lions players marching Friday in protest organized by Joique Bell

Some Lions players are expected to participate in a protest in Detroit on Friday, Kyle Meinke of mlive.com. Meinke said he still is trying to confirm names of specific players who have committed to the event. The team tweeted about the Belle Isle Peach March, promoting the event organized by former Lions running back Joique [more]

Matt Patricia: We’ll move conversation back to football when team wants to move

Lions head coach Matt Patricia says he’s wired to react to things that go wrong by figuring out a way to fix them, but he’s been operating differently in recent days. Patricia watched the video of a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck until well after Floyd died last Thursday night [more]

Michigan reopens to sports practices, games

Lions head coach Matt Patricia said toward the end of last month that the team wasn’t in any hurry to get back into their facility and there wasn’t much reason for them to be hurrying because Michigan still had many closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lions can now start to think about when [more]

Taylor Decker “not really worried about” coronavirus

For weeks, Simms has been saying on PFT Live that NFL players won’t care about catching the coronavirus. On Thursday, an NFL player acknowledged that, indeed, he’s not concerned about it. “I don’t know if this is the politically correct thing to say, but I’m not really worried about it personally,” Lions offensive lineman Taylor [more]

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