The Lions will be bringing back Caleb Campbell, a seventh-round pick of the team in 2008 who was not allowed to sign with the team because of his Army commitment.
Campbell will come to training camp trying to make the team as a linebacker — he was a college safety at Army — and special-teams performer.
The Lions were forced to relinquish his rights after not signing him prior to the 2009 NFL draft. Campbell was set to sign with the team the year before under the U.S. Military’s “Alternative Service Option,” which initially was interpreted at the time by the U.S. Army to include participation in professional sports. But on the eve of training camp in 2008, Campbell was informed of revisions to the interpretation and that he had to serve two years of active duty before pursuing a career in the NFL.
Shortly after returning to the Army, he began training as a “push athlete” with the U.S. bobsled team. Campbell was not drafted again in the 2009 NFL draft, making him a free agent.
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