As Michigan’s stay-at-home order continues to be extended and the Detroit Lions’ facility remains closed, the team may have to start considering out-of-the-box options to continue their offseason program.
One possible solution is to move training camp to a remote location, where the COVID-19 pandemic may not be as prevalent and the state laws more laxed. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, one venue has already reached out to the Lions to make that possible.
The Greenbrier—a West Virginia resort that has previously served as training camp grounds for the Saints and Texans—has reached out the Lions and the Carolina Panthers to host either (or both) teams for training camp this year.
The Lions have not announced any training camp dates yet, but typically teams begin camp around 15 days prior to their first preseason game. Detroit’s first preseason game is August 13, meaning training camp could potentially begin on July 30—a mere two months away.
At this point in time, this is nothing but a proposal. There is no indication that the Lions are seeking this out or taking any steps to conduct a remote training camp this year. However, this is something to certainly keep an eye on as the offseason program continues.