Lions set to conduct free mock game at Ford Field

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
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Quarterback Dan Orlovsky watches his pass go into the arms of running back Dwayne Washington during drills.

Allen Park — The Detroit Lions will hold the team's final training camp practice open to the public on Saturday, temporarily shifting venues from the team's practice facility in Allen Park to Ford Field.

The day will be punctuated by a mock game. Typically, under coach Jim Caldwell, the team has run the annual scrimmage with shortened quarters, a full officiating crew and no tackling.

Still, it gives the players their first taste of a game environment as they prepare to take camp on the road next week for a pair of joint practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers leading up to the teams' preseason opener on Friday. It also introduces the new players on the roster, particularly the rookies, to the team's pre-game routines.

Gates open at 9 a.m. with practice starting at 9:30 a.m. and the scrimmage scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. You can obtain digital tickets through Flash Seats on the team's official website.

Roster move

The Lions waived linebacker Raphael Kirby and signed linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo.

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