Recap of Thursday's training camp news from Allen Park!

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Thursday's News

  • The Lions completed their first day of two-a-day practice sessions today at the team's practice facility with a morning and afternoon workout. The morning practice was held on the outdoor fields and the afternoon practice took place on the indoor field practice field. The team worked out in full pads in the morning and in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) in the afternoon.
  • Special invited guests of the Detroit Lions had a unique opportunity to visit the Lions' opening day of training camp and watch the 2007 Detroit Lions prepare for the upcoming season. These invited guests include Lions' season ticket holders, premium seat holders and suite holders. Fans among this group will have this special chance to take in Lions' practices -- both morning and the afternoon -- at Allen Park through Friday, August 3. The Lions Headquarters and Training Facility was originally planned and built with the purpose that camp would be held off-site. This year is serving as a "practice-run" for possible additional accommodation of fans in the future at Lions' training camp practices at Allen Park.
  • Due to afternoon thunderstorms in Allen Park, the team's practice was moved indoors and closed to fans invited to view today's workout. Fans who were scheduled to attend the afternoon practice session that wish to inquire about an opportunity at another time should visit Detroitlions.com for more information.
  • The Lions placed the following players on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list: TE Dan Campbell, WR Devale Ellis, RB Kevin Jones, WR Shaun McDonald and DT Shaun Rogers.
  • Detroit also announced that they have placed WR Marcus Robinson on the reserve/injured list.
  • The team had an NFL officiating crew participate in both practice sessions today. Officials Don Carlsen (Side Judge), Greg Meyer (Side Judge), Jim Quirk (Umpire) and Paul Weidner (Head Linesman) will spend two more days in practice with the Lions calling penalties to both help the team and hone their own skills for the upcoming season. The officials also met with the team for rule clarifications and to explain rule changes and points of emphasis.
  • Three coaches, Chennis Berry, Ray Caldwell, and Carl Embry, have been added to the team's coaching staff during training camp as part of the NFL Minority Internship Program. Berry, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Morgan State University (Baltimore, Md.), is working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers. Caldwell, assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at Belhaven College (Jackson, Miss.) is working with the offensive line. Embry, defensive line/strength and conditioning coach at Adrian (Mich.) College, is working with the team's defensive line unit. In 2005, Offensive Assistant Shawn Jefferson served as coaching intern for the Lions during camp as part of the NFL Minority Internship program.
  • Among the new faces in camp today include DT Salomon Solano (6-3, 321). He was signed to the team's roster and was added as part of the NFL International Development Practice Squad Program. Along with the eight-man practice quad roster that will be put together prior to the regular season, he is an additional player to that squad. The players selected for the program, which is now in its fourth year, have all displayed outstanding potential and performance in NFL Europa. The 11 players from five countries have earned positions on the practice squad rosters of teams in the AFC East, AFC South and NFC North Divisions. This past spring, Solano played for the Rhein Fire for the second-straight year and recorded 15 tackles, one pass defensed and a half-sack (0.5). In 2006, he played for the Fire, recording one tackle as a rookie, after he originally impressed NFLEL scouts at player tryouts held in Mexico in November 2005. Prior to his stint in NFLE, he played three seasons (2003-05) at the University of Tamaulipas (Mexico). During his last season, he led the team with 5.0 sacks and registered 39 tackles. In 2003 and 2004, Solano was selected to play for the Mexican national team. Born in Victoria, Mexico, Solano started playing football at the age of six and went to high school in Tamaulipas, Mexico. In addition to his time on the gridiron, he was a power forward for his high school's basketball team.
  • Detroit PSL (Detroit Cooley) and University of Michigan alum Chris Floyd will be working with the Detroit Lions Personnel Department during camp. Floyd, a fullback, played professionally with the New England Patriots. Last year, Detroit Lions LB George Jamison served in the same capacity and former Lions T Lomas Brown also worked in the scouting department in 2005.
  • The Detroit Lions will hold an open practice at Ford Field on Saturday, August 4, 2007. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The Lions practice is free to the public - no ticket is necessary for entry. Fans can enter Ford Field at Gate A or Gate G. Practice will begin at 5 p.m. and will last until approximately 6:30 p.m. Immediately following practice, Ford Field will broadcast former Lions TE Charlie Sanders' 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on the video boards. Parking will be available in the Ford Field Parking Deck on St. Antoine St. for $6.00 until 6 p.m. or until the deck is full. Autographs will not be available at the public practice.