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Damien Woody Enters Offseason Conditioning Program 31 Pounds Thinner

Mike Williams: take notes.  

Lions offensive guard Damien Woody has lost 31 pounds during this offseason.  Woody has been fined before for his weight problem and it even was thought to be a reason for the Lions to cut him this offseason.  Many speculated he and Mike Williams would be gone as both have a similar problem weight-wise.  I am very happy to say that one of those players did something about it.

Woody, the Lions' starting right guard, has a healthy left foot and has lost 31 pounds from an intensive weight-loss program that included a six-week stay at Duke University.

This is really great news.  It shows that Woody is committed to getting in shape, which will come off as a great thing to head coach Rod Marinelli.  I wouldn't expect Woody to be going anywhere now as he is healthy as well.  After suffering an injury in only the fifth game of last season, Woody ended up on the IR.  Now, it looks like he can be back in the starting lineup in 2007.

I wish Mike Williams would try to do something like this.  Part of it is the attitude or mindset, which is probably why BMW still gets fined for his weight problem.  At least he has shown something towards the end of last season, but will it be enough to keep a spot on the roster come this next season?

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