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Lions Notes: Team Employees To Be Reimbursed For Lost Money During NFL Lockout

  • After the NFL lockout ended on Monday, Detroit Lions employees found out that they will be reimbursed for all of the money they lost during the work stoppage. It's good to see the Lions are sticking to their promise that if no games were missed, all lost money would be reimbursed.
  • Lions season-ticket holders are being invited to Friday's practice. A schedule for when practices will be open to the public will be released in the near future.
  • Tom Lewand says the Lions aren't planning to make any big splashes in free agency.
  • Preston Dial, the undrafted free agent from Alabama who has agreed to sign with the Lions, has a 6 a.m. flight to Detroit.
  • Dial says he is "ready to contribute in any way that (he) can." Interestingly, according to Dave Birkett, Dial has talked with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and running backs coach Sam Gash, so the Lions may plan on using him as more of an H-back or a fullback rather than a tight end.

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  • According to Tom Kowalski, Matt Millen isn't going to be on the Monday Night Football crew next season, meaning he won't be coming to Ford Field on Oct. 10 for the Bears game. Now if only ESPN would can him from announcing college football games or at least ban him from Michigan and Michigan State games.
  • Mikel Leshoure met Herman Moore at the Volunteers of America golf outing on Monday.
  • The Lions' official store is taking $20 off all jerseys that are currently for sale.
  •'s Adam Rank put together a list of six things he is looking forward to in 2011, and believe it or not, but the Lions are second on the list.
  • USA Today ranks Ndamukong Suh as the second best defensive tackle of 2011. On the list of the best tight ends, Brandon Pettigrew is ranked eighth.
  • Perhaps the best moment from Monday was when Colts center Jeff Saturday honored Myra Kraft, who died last week, during the press conference with the owners, players, Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. It was quite emotional when Saturday hugged Patriots owner Bob Kraft and talked about how crucial he was to the negotiations.

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