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Lions enjoy 'Victory Monday' with no practice

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Tim Wright, left, and Calvin Johnson celebrate Wright's first touchdown as a Detroit Lion in the second quarter Sunday.

Allen Park — Lions coach Jim Caldwell gave players the day off Monday after their overtime win against the Chicago Bears.

In the NFL, it's common for teams to celebrate "Victory Monday," and despite starting 1-5, the Lions gave the players a reprieve.

"It's always something that we do at some point in time in the season, and it was about that time," coach Jim Caldwell said of giving players an extra off-day.

Now, the players will have two days to recover as there's no practice Monday. Typically, players go through a walk-through in addition to meetings on Mondays, but with technology like tablets and group messaging on phones, the players likely won't be behind in terms of digesting information to prepare for next Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Lions players had many Mondays off last year as they went 11-5, and despite the lousy start this season, Caldwell said there wasn't extra work to be done this week.

"There's always something we do during a certain part of the year, so it's not unusual," he said.

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