Lions update: over 10,000 show up for public practice and Marinelli gave the players today off.

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  • The Lions completed their tenth day of training camp today. The team practiced in front of 10,486 fans at Ford Field in full pads.
  • WR Devale Ellis, RB Kevin Jones and DT Shaun Rogers remain on the PUP list and did not practice today. 
  • The team will open two more days of training camp practice sessions to the general public: Monday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 7 at the team's Headquarters and Training Facility in Allen Park. Practices at the training facility in Allen Park will be limited to the first 500 fans per session. Fans can check Detroitlions.com for more information.
  • Tickets are still available for the Detroit Lions 2007 preseason home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, August 9. The preseason home opener must be sold out by the NFL-mandated deadline of 72 hours before kickoff in order to lift the local television (Metro Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw/Flint and Toledo markets) blackout. If a sellout is not reached by the deadline, the game will not air live in the blackout areas. Fans who purchase 2007 preseason individual game tickets can then purchase an equal number of regular season individual game tickets prior to the public on-sale date of Friday, August 31, 2007. To take advantage of this exclusive offer fans must call TicketMaster by phone at 248.645.6666. Fans can buy preseason game tickets through other outlets (in person at the Ford Field Ticket Office and TicketMaster outlets; online at Detroitlions.com and Ticketmaster.com); however, the regular season individual game offer is only available by placing TicketMaster phone orders.

LIONS HEAD COACH ROD MARINELLI
Opening statement: "We got a lot done tonight. It was all situations; the guys were on top of it. We had some penalties tonight, so we've got to clean that up; but as a team we came out and worked together with the etiquette I wanted. It was very good work."

On the importance of putting the younger players in this situation: "Just the communication; showing the poise that I want - it's always good. We had great two-minute drives; sticking together; the movement; that's the important stuff."

On the energy that the fans provided: "Oh, it's awesome. The thing I like and I keep telling (the players) is: the environment changes, but we can't, at least in terms of what we have got to accomplish, like the tempo. My concern was that we would get under the lights and guys would get cranked up and start blowing each other up and you can't do it - that's a lack of discipline.

"They came out with the great fans -the fans were awesome - and they did a tremendous job. They were great tonight."