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Lions training camp: Notes from Wednesday

News and notes from Wednesday's Detroit Lions training camp practice.

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The Detroit Lions took training camp to Ford Field on Wednesday for a night practice. There were 4,488 fans in attendance for the practice, which gave the team a chance to get acclimated to Ford Field in advance of Saturday's preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns.

Here's a look at some notes from Wednesday's practice:



  • Dan Orlovsky did not have a good practice, to say the least. Miss you, Shaun Hill.

  • Matthew Stafford found Theo Riddick for a touchdown during Wednesday's practice.


  • Note to the offense: Don't try to run in Ndamukong Suh's direction when down by the goal line.
  • Chris Greenwood stood out for a good play he made on Golden Tate.
  • Tim Twentyman reports that the second-team secondary was made up of Greenwood, Cassius Vaughn and Nevin Lawson at cornerback and DeJon Gomes and Don Carey at safety.

  • Carey nearly became the latest player to get run over by George Winn, but he managed to take Winn down with him for the tackle, according to Josh Katzenstein.

  • Wednesday's practice came to a close with a nice play by Aaron Hester.

Special teams

  • The Lions had Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio handling kickoff duties during Wednesday's practice.
  • For field goals, Freese and Tavecchio each attempted five kicks (from 30, 35, 40, 45 and 47 yards out), according to Mike O'Hara. Freese made all five of his attempts, and Tavecchio made his first four kicks. Tavecchio's final kick, however, bounced off the right upright and was no good, giving him his first miss in quite some time.

  • Sam Martin is quite good.
  • As part of their "sustainability initiative" with REPREVE, the Lions painted their goal posts green for Wednesday's practice. The goal posts are actually going to be replaced with new, taller goal posts before Saturday's game. The new ones will be the usual yellow color, and the green ones will be repainted and donated to Detroit Cody High School, according to Twentyman.