Detroit — It was a small slip of the tongue, but Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood inadvertently acknowledged the NFL plans to release the regular season schedule next Thursday.
After spearheading a number of organizational changes, including the remodeling of Ford Field’s suites, the implementation of new high-definition video boards at the stadium and the rebranding of the team’s logo and uniforms, Wood was asked what’s next on his docket.
“I don’t have anything else other than getting this renovation done,” Wood said. “That’s the thing I got to focus on getting done before the season starts.
“The schedule, coming out next Thursday, will be a focus, too.”
Detroit’s 2017 opponents have been set since the end of the regular season. In addition to the annual home-road division matchups, the team will host Atlanta, Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Arizona while traveling to New Orleans, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Cincinnati.
Once the schedule comes out, the Lions will be able to determine whether all four of their new uniforms will be used during games in 2017.
“As soon as the schedule comes out, we’ll start deciding what we’re going to wear in each of the games,” Wood said. “Certainly if we have a Thursday night game, the Color Rush uniform will definitely be a part of it. If we don’t, we’ll have to evaluate whether or not to use it.”
It’s expected the team will wear it’s throwback uniform on Thanksgiving, but Wood wouldn’t limit its usage to the holiday.
“If we have a big prime-time game, it might be a possibility,” Wood said.