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Lions report to training camp July 28

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Matthew Stafford hands off to Theo Riddick during training camp last year.

The Lions were the last team to start training camp in 2015, waiting to being practice in early August.

Team president Rod Wood announced that won’t be the case this year, saying on WJR-AM (760) Tuesday morning that the Lions will report to camp on Thursday, July 28.

“The players have been in for a lot of activities over the last number of weeks, and this kind of wraps up this part of the season with (minicamp) today, tomorrow and Thursday,” he said in the interview, which primarily focused on the team’s decision to add cheerleaders for 2016. “And everybody gets a little bit of a break, and then we come back full speed ahead July 28.”

With the team reporting on July 28, the first practice will be July 29, but the Lions have yet to release a full schedule that will detail with practices will be open to the public.

The Lions reporting early for camp allowed them to hold joint practices with the Steelers before their exhibition debut in Pittsburgh, coach Jim Caldwell said two weeks ago. The two teams will practice Aug. 9-10 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., before the preseason game on Aug. 12.

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