Lions violate offseason contact rule, forfeit one OTA practice

The Detroit Lions will lose one OTA practice after the NFL and the players’ union found they violated rules governing physical contact in the offseason.

The Lions announced Friday night that their practice scheduled for next Monday had been forfeited.

“As a result, the team’s OTA practice scheduled for Monday, June 10 has been forfeited. We take very seriously the rules set forth within the NFL’s Offseason Program and have worked to conduct our practices accordingly. We will continue to be vigilant with our practices moving forward.”

The NFL offseason rules say, among other things, that contact work is prohibited. Examples include “‘live’ blocking, tackling, pass rushing,” and “bump-and-run” contact. Players are not supposed to wear pads other than knee and elbow pads.

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