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Allen Park — It was announced Monday that the Detroit Lions’ preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts will air on the NFL Network.

The game, which will be played Sunday, Aug. 13, has a rare afternoon start time. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The two teams will meet after conducting a pair of joint practices at the Colts practice facility earlier that week.

After the game against the Colts, the Lions will return home to Ford Field, where a number of upgrades to the stadium — including video boards, sound system and suite seating — will be unveiled.

Detroit opens the regular season Sunday, Sept. 10, at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

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