Friday Notes: Lions Training Camp Is Almost Here

  • Lions players report to Allen Park today to check in before hitting the practice field tomorrow for the official start of training camp. (For those keeping score at home, Andre Fluellen was the first one to report to camp.)
  • Players who are candidates for the PUP list are anybody that finished last season on IR. The list will be finalized tomorrow morning when the players go through a conditioning test.
  • We are less than 24 hours away from the on-field start of training camp, and right now it doesn't look like Ndamukong Suh will have a contract. There's no word on Jahvid Best, but I have a hard time believing he will miss much time.
  • Jim Schwartz is not a fan of hazing and won't allow his players to do it.
    "We're not a college fraternity house," Schwartz said Thursday on the eve of players reporting for camp. "Hazing is not something that we accept or condone at all. To me there's a line between things that are physically demanding, demeaning of a player, embarrass a player."
    Schwartz doesn't have a problem with little things like rookies carrying pads (i.e. the Dez Bryant/Roy Williams situation) or picking up snacks for veteran players, but you won't see anything major during Lions training camp.
  • Some news on those who cover Lions news: John Niyo, who is personally my favorite Lions beat writer, is taking on the role of being a full-time sports columnist for the Detroit News. As a result, he is leaving the Lions beat and will be replaced by Chris McCosky.

    Over at the Free Press, Dave Birkett is taking over the Lions beat for Nicholas Cotsonika, who is leaving to cover the NHL for Yahoo! Sports. Birkett previously was on the Lions beat for the Oakland Press before moving to AnnArbor.com to cover Michigan football.

    To both Niyo and Cotsonika, I say thank you for the work you have done covering the Lions. It makes a blogger's life much easier when there are multiple beat writers who do an excellent job, and that was definitely the case at the News and Free Press with those two.
  • Ndamukong Suh launched his new website.
  • Chester Pitts ended up signing with the Seahawks.
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