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9-7, 2nd in NFC North
Patricia, Lions won't be subject to discipline (0:46)
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No NFL penalty for Lions, Patricia from '96 case

The NFL determined that the Lions were not at fault for not learning about Matt Patricia's 1996 arrest during the interview process and that the coach would not be disciplined for not letting his arrest be known to the club.

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6hMichael Rothstein

New Lions defense starts taking shape this week

As the Lions begin their first OTAs under Matt Patricia there will be lots to watch on how the defense takes shape and who plays where.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions OL T.J. Lang said there has been no mandate to stand for the national anthem this year and isn't sure what the league or teams should do.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have claimed offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty off waivers from the Giants and also announced the signing of third-round pick Tracy Walker. All Lions picks have now signed. To make room for Bisnowaty, the team cut offensive lineman Brett Kendrick, who was signed as an undrafted free agent this weekend from Tennessee.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions LB Devon Kennard said he has no problem slotting into multiple positions, which is kind of how Detroit is going to be using him. He has spent time in both linebacker and defensive line rooms. Said he's been in three meeting rooms (LB, DL, defensive backs) to help understanding how to coordinate the defense through the different groups. Said coming to Detroit gave him "great opportunity, great situation." He also admired Matt Patricia's defense on film.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions TE Luke Willson said Matt Patricia discussed the 22-year-old sexual assault allegations with his team but that the conversations between them are going to stay in-house. When asked for his reaction, said he is keeping an open mind and he listened to Patricia and what he said.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have signed three players: WR Deontez Alexander (rookie from Franklin College), TE Marcus Lucas (has been with the practice squads in Carolina, Oakland and Indianapolis) and CB Josh Okonye (played at Purdue and Wake Forest). To make room, the Lions waived WR Kyle Lewis and waived-injured TE Brandon Barnes.

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9dMichael Rothstein

Wood: Lions followed law with Patricia hiring

Lions president Rod Wood said his team followed the law when it came to how it approached the hiring process with Matt Patricia earlier this year, even if they didn't uncover a 22-year-old aggravated sexual assault indictment.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions signed five of their six draft picks Friday: Nick Bawden, Tyrell Crosby, Da'Shawn Hand, Kerryon Johnson and Frank Ragnow. They also signed 16 undrafted free agents: Al-Rasheed Benton, LB, West Virginia; Amari Coleman, CB, Central Michigan; Antwuan Davis, CB, Texas; Josh Fatu, DT, USC; Mike Ford, CB, SEMO; DeAndre Goolsby, TE, Florida; Chris Jones, CB, Nebraska; Kyle Lewis, WR, Cal Poly; Chad Meredith, LB, SEMO; John Montelus, OL, Virginia; Beau Nunn, OL, Appalachian State; Brandon Powell, WR, Florida; Teo Redding, WR, Bowling Green; Ryan Santoso, P, Minnesota; Anthony Sherrils, S, Missouri; JoJo Wicker, DL, Arizona State.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Bill Belichick regarding Matt Patricia: "The New England Patriots were not aware of the matter which recently came to light. For 14 years in our organization, Matt conducted himself with great integrity and is known to be an outstanding coach, person and family man. We have always been confident in Matt's character and recommended him highly to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have waived running back Tion Green. He was in a tough spot to try and make the roster after off-season moves.

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11dMichael Rothstein

Patricia on case: 'Innocent then, innocent now'

Lions coach Matt Patricia passionately expressed his innocence in regard to a 1996 aggravated sexual assault indictment that he says was brought up to hurt him and those around him.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Patricia at the podium responding to 22-year-old sexual assault allegations: "I was innocent then and I am innocent now."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Martha Ford, Bob Quinn and Rod Wood all here for the Matt Patricia press conference.


Zach Lowe talks NBA Playoffs

Zach Lowe joins the Get Up squad to breakdown the upcoming NBA conference finals. Plus, recent allegations about new Lions' head coach Matt Patricia come to light.

Greeny calls Patricia situation 'complicated' (1:38)
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12dMichael Rothstein

Lions support Patricia after '96 charge resurfaces

Lions owner Martha Ford, president Rod Wood and general manager Bob Quinn said they are standing by Matt Patricia as the Lions "continue to support" the first-time head coach after a 1996 sexual assault allegation against him resurfaced Wednesday night.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have waived LB Brandon Chubb, the brother of new Broncos first-round pick Bradley Chubb. Chubb was a practice squad player for Detroit in 2016 and was on injured reserve last year.

2018 Draft Picks

1(20)Frank RagnowCArkansas
2(11)Kerryon JohnsonRBAuburn
3(18)Tracy WalkerSLouisiana-Lafayette
4(14)Da'Shawn HandDEAlabama
5(16)Tyrell CrosbyOTOregon
7(19)Nick BawdenFBSan Diego State

Team Stats

Passing Yards261.46th
Rushing Yards76.332nd
Points For25.67th
Points Against23.521st