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Lions, Steelers to hold joint practice Aug. 9, 10

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The Detroit Lions announced on Tuesday they will be holding joint practices for the first time under Jim Caldwell.

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On Tuesday morning, the Detroit Lions announced they will be holding joint practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 9 and 10. The two teams face off in the first week of the preseason in Pittsburgh on Aug. 11. The practices will therefore take place in Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.

This is the first time the Lions will participate in a joint practice under head coach Jim Caldwell. Last season, Caldwell simply said, "We're not doing any," and didn't seem particularly interested in the novelty. However, with new general manager Bob Quinn running the show, this may have been a move inspired by him. The Patriots participated in several joint practices in the past few years.

As for Detroit, this isn't completely unprecedented for the team. Back in 2000, the Lions held a joint practice at Wofford College in South Carolina with the Panthers.

Both teams seem pretty excited about it: