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The Rundown: Lions Lose Two Offseason Days

Welcome to the first edition of "The Rundown."  In The Rundown, tidbits of information from around the NFL or any other sports will be reported for your reading purposes.

The most exciting offseason in sports continues this week with plenty of things happening.  Specifically, the Lions have been in the news for free agent signings and a dispute with the NFLPA.

  • The dates for the NFL mini-camps have been announced, and the list includes the entire team and then just specifically rookies.  The Lions' rookies have been reporting since yesterday, then attended today, and will attend tomorrow.  The rest of the team will go to mini-camp from May 31st to June 2nd.  For a complete list of mini-camp dates, check out ESPN.com.

  • As stated earlier, the Lions will have to forfeit two days of the offseason training program due to a complaint filed to the NFL Players' Association.  The reason for this was that the team broke scheduling rules of offseason activities.  If there's one group you don't want to upset, it's the NFLPA.  The Lions would not specifically say what exact rule was broken, but it did have something to do with players showing up to the activities.

  • The Lions have signed quite a bit of undrafted free agents in the last week.  The list includes these players:

    Shaun Bodiford, WR, Portland State
    Matt Bernstein, FB, Wisconsin
    Frank Davis, G, South Florida
    Cole Downer, TE, Clemson
    LeMarcus Hicks, DB, Iowa State
    Antonio Malone, DB, Toledo
    Matt Prater, K, Central Florida
    Harrison Smith, DB, California

    Defensive backs, defensive backs, defensive backs, that was the main position in the signings.  Matt Millen is doing all he can to fill up the positions that are weak in depth, and actually is doing a pretty good job.


  • The San Francisco 49ers traded Ken Dorsey to the Cleveland Browns for Trent Dilfer this past week.  That opens up another possible chance for Joey Harrington to be dealt to the Browns.  On the second day of the draft, the Lions and Browns were trying to get a trade worked out sending Joey H. to Cleveland for a draft pick.  No deal was completed, but with six quarterbacks that have only a combined fifteen starts between them, the Browns may rethink the deal and try to get Joey Harrington.  This would be a good move for both teams as now Harrington is likely to be released with nothing in return to Detroit.

This concludes the first edition of The Rundown, something to come almost daily throughout your stay on Pride of Detroit.  Thanks for reading and Go Lions!