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News From Wednesday's Lions Workout

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After taking a day off for the Detroit Lions' charity golf outing, the players resumed this week's workouts at Detroit Country Day on Wednesday. Below is a rundown of news and notes from the workout.

  • Around 32 Lions players attended Wednesday's workout. Brandon Pettigrew and Jack Williams made their workout debut, and Dre Bly was once again in attendance. Red Wings player Kris Draper also took part in the workout (I'll have more on him later).
  • The main reason why Nick Fairley hasn't and will not attend the Lions workouts is because of issues at home. What exactly those issues are is unclear, but Tom Kowalski said he "was told confidentially" that they are "totally legit." Maybe now people can get off his back for not being there.
  • Brandon Pettigrew decided to slim down this offseason, and already he is down to what he weighed in college (255 lbs.). He was 265 lbs. last season, and he likes weighing less because he can move better.
    "I like the 255, being able to move," Pettigrew said. "Strength thrills but speed kills, and I still think I can get it done in the blocking game as well."
    Pettigrew also said he is trying to work on becoming the quarterback's "go-to guy" by eliminating drops from his game.
  • None of the Lions' rookies were at Wednesday's workout. (Titus Young and Mikel Leshoure are at today's workout, though.)
  • Barry Sanders was at Country Day on Wednesday while the Lions were working out. It was just a coincidence, though, as Sanders was there because he has a son who goes to the school.
  • Jeff Backus doesn't have a problem talking to the media, but he doesn't want to answer questions about the lockout, the Lions or his contract status.
  • Philip Zaroo posted photos from Wednesday's workout.