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Dominic Raiola

Dominic Raiola - #51 - C

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 1"/ 295 lbs.
Birthday 12/30/1978
Birthplace Honolulu, HI
College Nebraska
Years played 13
Drafted 2001, 2nd round, 19th pick by Lions

Lions looking for left tackle of future

Posted Jan. 21, 2011 @ 8:21 p.m. ET
Jeff Backus has taken something of an unfair beating in and around Detroit, but the Lions will need to find their left tackle of the future at some point soon.

Stafford undergoes successful shoulder surgery

Posted Jan. 21, 2011 @ 4:03 p.m. ET
Lions QB Matthew Stafford underwent successful shoulder surgery Friday, the team announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

Suh performed beyond even high expectations

Posted Jan. 19, 2011 @ 3:09 p.m. ET
Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is this year's Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Suh would welcome Haynesworth in Detroit

Posted Jan. 14, 2011 @ 3:33 p.m. ET
There have been reports that the Lions could investigate acquiring DT Albert Haynesworth, and that would be just fine with DT Ndamukong Suh.

Lions could still add on the corner

Posted Jan. 08, 2011 @ 9:58 p.m. ET
Entering last season there was little question: Cornerback was, by far, the team's biggest need. Times have changed a bit.

The cities that playoff football forgot

Posted Jan. 06, 2011 @ 12:20 p.m. ET
It now has been 11 years since the Bills and Lions played in the playoffs. Every other franchise that was around at that time has made the playoffs since then, but not Buffalo or Detroit.

OLB Peterson won't be returning to Lions in 2011

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 9:43 p.m. ET
In a discussion with the local media on Wednesday, Lions GM Martin Mayhew revealed the OLB Julian Peterson, who was benched for the team's Week 17 victory over the Vikings, would not be back in 2011.

Suh to undergo shoulder surgery

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 7:15 p.m. ET
The Lions announced Wednesday that DT Ndamukong Suh will undergo shoulder surgery on Jan. 10 and will not play in the 2011 Pro Bowl.

Favre watches Vikings' season end in loss to Lions

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 4:18 p.m. ET
Brett Favre stood in street clothes on the sideline in what likely was the final game of his 20-season career, watching the Lions beat his Vikings 20-13 on Sunday.

Vikings-Lions prediction

Posted Jan. 02, 2011 @ 11:56 a.m. ET
The Vikings gave fans one reason to smile last week with their unexpected win at Philadelphia, but this is akin to a playoff game for the Lions.

Lions don't mind opponents' 'tough' talk

Posted Jan. 01, 2011 @ 10:35 p.m. ET
Slowly, the Lions have shed their label of being a soft team. In fact, it's now to the point where they have been accused by opposing teams of being a dirty outfit.

Poll: Lions DT Suh top defensive rookie

Posted Jan. 01, 2011 @ 4:42 p.m. ET
In a recently concluded poll on this site, readers gave an overwhelming 60.1 percent show of support to Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft and the rookie leader in sacks with ...

Vikings-Lions matchup of the day: Friday

Posted Dec. 31, 2010 @ 11:46 p.m. ET
Let's take a look at a key matchup when the Vikings face the Lions in Week 17 — Minnesota DRE Jared Allen vs. Detroit OLT Jeff Backus.

They Said It: Vikings Thursday edition

Posted Dec. 30, 2010 @ 8:26 p.m. ET
Here's a collection of quotes from head coach Leslie Frazier, QB Joe Webb and Lions DT Ndamukong Suh as the Vikings prepare to play in Detroit on Sunday.

Vikings-Lions matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Dec. 29, 2010 @ 7:04 p.m. ET
Let's take a look at a key matchup as the Vikings get set to take on the Lions in Detroit in the final game of the 2010 season.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted June 25, 2009
The Detroit Lions have signed Raiola to a four-year contract extension.||||||| The team announced Thursday that the 6-foot-1, 295-pound starter will remain in Detroit through the 2013 season. Raiola is entering his ninth season with the Lions. He was drafted 50th overall in 2001 and has started at center since 2002, playing in 124 games with 108 starts.
Posted Dec. 10, 2008
The Lions fined Raiola $7,500 Tuesday for inappropriate conduct directed toward fans.||||||| He made an offensive gesture toward fans during Sunday's home loss to Minnesota, and the eight-year veteran said the next day he didn't regret his reaction to hecklers. Raiola declined to answer a question Wednesday about whether he wanted to back down from anything.
Posted Nov. 23, 2008
Raiola was inactive for Sunday's game versus Tampa Bay.||||||| Raiola started one game this season - Sept. 21 at San Francisco.
Posted Feb. 28, 2005
Raiola has re-signed with the Detroit Lions, agreeing to a five-year contract. Official financial terms were not released, but reportedly, the deal is worth about $17.5 million. The center, who was a second-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, has served as a starter each of the past three seasons.||||||| Raiola could have become an unrestricted free agent on March 2.

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