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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

Patriots-Lions matchup of the day: Monday

Posted Nov. 22, 2010 @ 4:40 p.m. ET
Here's a matchup to watch in the Week 12 Thanksgiving Day game between the Patriots and Lions: Patriots kick coverage vs. Lions KR Stefan Logan.

After blazing start, Best running on empty

Posted Nov. 22, 2010 @ 1:34 p.m. ET
After Week Two, Jahvid Best had the look of a fantasy monster. Now, his season can only be described as disappointing.

Cowboys improve to 2-0 under Garrett

Posted Nov. 21, 2010 @ 4:17 p.m. ET
Bryan McCann grabbed a batted-down punt and returned it 97 yards for a touchdown, Miles Austin had two short touchdown catches and 38-year-old Jon Kitna had a career-best 29-yard touchdown run to lift the Dallas Cowboys to a 35-19 victory ...

Lions place RB Smith on I.R.

Posted Nov. 21, 2010 @ 3:19 a.m. ET
The Lions placed RB Kevin Smith on injured reserve Saturday, ending his season.

Campbell goes from the Army to the NFL

Posted Nov. 20, 2010 @ 5:04 p.m. ET
Caleb Campbell did not take a normal route to the NFL, but the West Point alum will be on the Lions' 53-man roster tomorrow vs. the Cowboys.

Lions not running from ground problems

Posted Nov. 19, 2010 @ 2:41 p.m. ET
Running the ball has proven to be a difficult endeavor this season for the Lions, who felt the addition of Jahvid Best would inject life into that facet of the offense

The heart of a Lion

Posted Nov. 17, 2010 @ 3:16 p.m. ET
Each year, Nov. 17 comes and goes on Mike Utley's calendar. He acknowledges it, obliges those who ask about it, then gets on with all that keeps him busy in his post-football life.

Lions confirm Stafford met with Andrews

Posted Nov. 15, 2010 @ 9:25 p.m. ET
The Lions confirmed Monday night that QB Matthew Stafford met with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., to examine his injured right shoulder.

Calvin and Co. OK without Stafford

Posted Nov. 14, 2010 @ 5:57 p.m. ET
The Lions might be without QB Matthew Stafford for the foreseeable future, but it doesn't look like their fantasy situation will be affected.

Bills hang on for first victory

Posted Nov. 14, 2010 @ 5:05 p.m. ET
Fred Jackson ran for a season-best 133 yards and scored twice in leading the Bills (1-8) to a 14-12 win over the Lions on Sunday. Detroit (2-7) lost its 25th straight road game to break the record the Lions set ...

Top two picks truly among best rookies

Posted Nov. 14, 2010 @ 11:34 a.m. ET
Lions DT Ndamukong Suh and Rams QB Sam Bradford, who went second and first, respectively, in the April draft, are ranked in NFList among the top three rookies at midseason.

NFC North midseason reports

Posted Nov. 12, 2010 @ 10:52 a.m. ET
Surprising Packers CB Tramon Williams has played like a Pro Bowler, outdoing his more celebrated teammate Charles Woodson. Read about this and more in our NFC North midseason reports.

Schwartz remains mum on Lions' injuries

Posted Nov. 11, 2010 @ 2:41 p.m. ET
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz often has cited Bill Belichick and Jeff Fisher as two of his biggest coaching influences, so it's easy to figure out how he has developed his policy on injuries.

Two Lions players fined

Posted Nov. 11, 2010 @ 9:32 a.m. ET
Lions ORG Stephen Peterman and LB Julian Peterson have been fined by the NFL for hits in Sunday's loss to the Jets.

Scout's Notebook: Lions DT Ndamukong Suh

Posted Nov. 10, 2010 @ 1:55 p.m. ET
Nolan Nawrocki analyzes Lions DT Ndamukong Suh from a scout's perspective, detailing his positives and negatives.

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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