Lions penalized for breaching OTA contact regulations

The Lions faced consequences for violating player work rules during organized team activities (OTAs), leading to the forfeiture of Monday’s scheduled practice. The NFL and NFLPA informed the organization of the violation, citing a breach of player work rules according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In a statement, the team expressed their commitment to following the rules set forth by the NFL’s Offseason Program and vowed to be vigilant with their practices moving forward. This incident marks the first punishment dealt to a team this offseason for excessive physicality during practices, though it is not uncommon for teams to face consequences for such infractions in recent years.

The Lions had conducted OTA practices on specific dates in May and were gearing up for their final three OTAs before the forfeiture was announced. With the mandatory minicamp already completed, the team will have practices only on Tuesday and Wednesday to conclude their offseason program. This setback comes after Coach Dan Campbell’s bold proclamation at his introductory news conference about the team’s aggressive approach on the field.

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