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Lions open offseason training program

Only one player was absent as the Detroit Lions opened their offseason training program on Monday.

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The Detroit Lions kicked off their 2015 offseason training program on Monday with their first set of voluntary workouts. Actual on-field work won't begin until the Lions hold their first set of OTAs at the end of May, but the start of the offseason training program gave them a chance to come together as a team for the first time since the 2014 season ended.

Last year, the big story at the beginning of the Lions' offseason training program was Ndamukong Suh's absence. He simply preferred to work out on his own, so he didn't show up for voluntary workouts. I suppose it's worth noting that Suh was present at the Miami Dolphins' first voluntary workout on Monday, but that's irrelevant to the Lions.

What is relevant to the Lions is that safety James Ihedigbo was the only player absent on Monday. His absence came as no surprise considering we found out earlier this month that Ihedigbo had no plans to attend the Lions' voluntary workouts as long as his contract remains unchanged. He wants a new deal, and until that happens, Ihedigbo likely won't be taking part in the Lions' voluntary workouts.

Ihedigbo's absence wasn't apparently discussed by Jim Caldwell when he met with the Lions on Monday. Rather, Caldwell focused on this:

Ihedigbo aside, it seems like Lions players were excited to get back to work on Monday:

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