Associated Press Published 8:07 PM EDT Sep 21, 2018 New York — Lions running back LeGarrette Blount picked up a $10,026 fine by the NFL on Friday for his actions midway through the fourth quarter of the Lions’ loss to San Francisco last weekend. Blount was ejected for a personal foul penalty after he came off the sideline and shoved 49ers linebacker Elijah Lee to the ground. That came right after Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was pushed out of bounds near the sideline. Blount took exception to a hit he thought might have been a tad bit late — although Stafford was still in bounds on the play and no penalty was called. Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was also fined $53,482 for his hit during a play in Minnesota’s tie at Green Bay. Sendejo was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after tackling Packers wide receiver Davante Adams in the third quarter. The safety knocked into Adams with his right shoulder just after Xavier Rhodes made … [Read more...] about Friday’s NFL: Detroit Lions’ LeGarrette Blount fined $10K for hit off bench
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Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:45 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 ATLANTA — While decades-old legal claims have sullied the starts of two first-time NFL head coaches in recent years, several owners said this week they’re not sure what more the league can do to help teams avoid controversy like what the Detroit Lions faced with Matt Patricia — and one even provided the new Lions coach a defense against a 22-year-old allegation he committed sexual assault. “I don’t really know,” Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Wednesday as he left the league’s spring meeting. “They’re so thorough in all their search. It was unfortunate. Thank God he’s cleared and can (coach). Hey, that’s life today. Everybody’s looking at everything. You guys, you look under every leaf and you’re going to find something and it’s unfortunate for people. But I understand, he never even slept with her.” Patricia was … [Read more...] about NFL owner: ‘I understand’ Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia never slept with accuser
Jamie Samuelsen Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 4:17 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney" show at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen. Who is the odd man out in the Detroit Lions’ backfield on gameday among Blount, Johnson, Riddick and Abdullah? Should all four be on the roster? For the briefest of moments there, I actually looked at the list of Lions running backs and thought, “Wow, the Lions have a lot of options in the backfield!” Then I paused and realized that last year, it seemed like the Lions had zero options at running back. Remarkable, seeing as two of the options at running back last year now comprise this supposed deep stable. The most dangerous thing that you can do in May is write down names on a piece … [Read more...] about How will Detroit Lions satisfy stable of running backs?
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 9:03 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia will not be disciplined for failing to disclose a 1996 arrest on sexual assault charges, and the NFL determined that the Lions "engaged in appropriate and thorough hiring practices" even though they did not learn of Patricia's arrest until three months after he was hired. "We determined that the Lions handled the interview process in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner and fully and appropriately complied with all applicable employment laws," the league said in a statement released Monday. "As we learned from both Mr. Patricia and the Lions, the matter was not part of his employment interview process for job opportunities outside of or within the NFL. He was under no legal or other requirement to raise this issue." Patricia, who was hired in February as the Lions' 27th head coach, was arrested in March 1996 and indicted five months later on charges of sexually … [Read more...] about NFL won’t discipline Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions over 1996 arrest
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 6:15 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 Allen Park — The Detroit Lions and Matt Patricia will not face discipline from the NFL regarding a 1996 sexual assault allegation against the coach. “Our office reviewed the matter with the Lions and Mr. Patricia, and ensured the club engaged in appropriate and thorough hiring practices and that the Coach did not mislead the team during the interview process,” the NFL wrote in a statement on Monday. “We determined that the Lions handled the interview process in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner and fully and appropriately complied with all applicable employment laws. “As we learned from both Mr. Patricia and the Lions, the matter was not part of his employment interview process for job opportunities outside of or within the NFL. He was under no legal or other requirement to raise this issue.” The league also clarified that the incident is not subject to the personal … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions, Matt Patricia won’t face NFL discipline from 1996 allegations