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Schwartz hints Lions could appeal tampering case

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By Eric Edholm

INDIANAPOLIS — The Lions' tampering case with the Chiefs might not be over just yet.

Detroit was penalized a seventh-round draft pick and forced to drop down 14 spots in Round Five after the NFL ruled the team had tampered when defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham made unacceptable comments about some of his former Chiefs players.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was asked about the case, and although he hedged his comments on the matter, he left the door open for a possible appeal in the case.

"As far as commenting on that, I think that probably too much has been said already in something that should be confidential," Schwartz said. "And I'm a little disappointed that as much has come out as has. But we have received that notification.

"I believe firmly in our case, and I think we've reached the wrong conclusion in that, and we still have some more options that we can pursue."

Appealing is one of them. When asked if that is the avenue the Lions will take, Schwartz said, "That's one of the options we'll consider."

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