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FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo, Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Darius Leonard (53) runs a drill during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind. Leonard works relentlessly at his rural South Carolina home to prepare for another football season. He's also wary of pushing too hard, knowing a minor injury could become a major setback given the dearth of medical experts in his area. So when in doubt the Colts star confers with his coaches, who are creating safer, more efficient individual workout programs based on data collected the past few weeks. All part of a changing NFL world: high-tech devices supplanting old-school creativity. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

High-tech devices help NFL teams keep players safe, in shape

May. 14, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Darius Leonard works relentlessly at his rural South Carolina home to prepare for another football season. He's also wary of pushing too hard, knowing a minor injury could become a major setback given the dearth of medical experts in his area. So when in doubt, the Indianapolis Colts...

FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Hali Flickinger swims in the women's 200m butterfly semifinal at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, some athletes and coaches have taken advantage of the unexpected free time to try new things, or maybe brush up on an old hobby. For Olympic swimmer Hali Flickinger, it's gardening and home renovations. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Column: With sports on hold, athletes take up new pursuits

May. 7, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and coaches have been looking for ways to pass all that unexpected free time. We’ve heard plenty of familiar pursuits. Binge-watching a television series. Hunkering down with video games. Play time with the kids. Some have...

FILE - This is an Aug. 31, 2019, file photo showing Ohio State defensive back Jeff Okudah playing against Florida Atlantic in an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. Okudah is a possible pick at the NFL Draft which runs Thursday, April 23, 2020, thru Saturday, April 25. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Lions addressed needs and drafted RB too talented to pass up

Apr. 25, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

The Detroit Lions addressed pressing needs on offense and defense, took a running back too talented to pass up and bolstered one of their strongest position groups. Lions general manager Bob Quinn said he hopes his fifth NFL draft with the franchise proves to be his best. “We have playmakers on both sides...

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, D'Andre Swift, center, reacts as he's selected by the Detroit Lions during the second round of the NFL football draft, Friday, April 24, 2020. (NFL via AP)

Lions take Swift in 2nd round, Okwara and Jackson in the 3rd

Apr. 25, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

D’Andre Swift's favorite all-time running back is Barry Sanders, even though he was born after the Hall of Famer ended his career with the Detroit Lions. Swift heard so much about Sanders that he watched the way he ran and tried to emulate him. The Lions, clearly, loved what they saw Swift do at Georgia....

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Jeff Okudah, second from right, celebrates during the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020. (NFL via AP)

Lions take Ohio St cornerback Jeff Okudah at No. 3 overall

Apr. 24, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

The Detroit Lions became the first team in more than two decades to take a cornerback in the first three picks in the NFL draft. Jeff Okudah seems to merit the faith. Detroit drafted the Ohio State standout with third overall pick Thursday night, making him the highest-drafted cornerback since Shawn Springs was...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah get ready for a Michigan play during an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. If the Detroit Lions choose to keep the No. 3 pick overall in the draft, Okudah is expected to be available for the taking. The Ohio State star appears to be worth being the highest-drafted player at his position since one was selected from the same school two-plus decades ago. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Lions might fill void with Ohio State CB Okudah in NFL draft

Apr. 16, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

The Detroit Lions should have an opportunity to turn a weakness into a strength in the NFL draft. If Detroit chooses to keep the No. 3 pick overall, cornerback Jeff Okudah is expected to be available. The Ohio State star appears worth being the highest-drafted player at his position since Shawn Springs was...

Lions look to bolster Patricia's shaky defense in NFL draft

Apr. 15, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

3. DETROIT (3-12-1) LAST SEASON: Lions lost last nine games and 12 of 13 to finish with their worst record in decade. Ownership gave general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia chance to come back, telling them contending for playoffs in 2020 is expectation. QB Matthew Stafford missed second half of season...

Lions agree to deal with CB Darryl Roberts

Apr. 3, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Darryl Roberts. The Lions announced the move Friday. Roberts spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets. Like many of Detroit's recent acquisitions, he also has ties to the New England Patriots. Roberts has...