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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

Former Packer Harris clears waivers

Posted Nov. 09, 2010 @ 5:34 p.m. ET
Former Packers CB Al Harris has cleared waivers and can sign with any team.

Lions sign PK Rayner

Posted Nov. 09, 2010 @ 3:20 p.m. ET
PK Dave Rayner has been signed by the Lions, who are looking for a fill-in kicker with Jason Hanson expected to miss the next three weeks with a sprained MCL.

Report: Stafford may be out for the season

Posted Nov. 09, 2010 @ 9:48 a.m. ET
The Lions fear that QB Matthew Stafford may be done for the season with a Grade 3 separation on his right shoulder, according to MLive.com.

Stafford's durability, not toughness, the problem

Posted Nov. 08, 2010 @ 3:17 p.m. ET
Suggesting Lions QB Matthew Stafford is fragile might be taking it too far, but saying he is injury-prone isn't out of reason.

Stafford re-injures shoulder in loss

Posted Nov. 07, 2010 @ 7:24 p.m. ET
Lions QB Matthew Stafford re-injured his right shoulder in Sunday's overtime loss to the Jets. Head coach Jim Schwartz said after the game that Stafford is "very sore."

Crowder, Scott accuse opponents of dirty play

Posted Nov. 07, 2010 @ 6:43 p.m. ET
Dolphins LB Channing Crowder accused Ravens FB Le'Ron McClain of spitting in his face and Jets LB Bart Scott called the Lions the dirtiest team he has played since the Titans.

Sanchez-led Jets rally to beat Lions 23-20 in OT

Posted Nov. 07, 2010 @ 4:57 p.m. ET
Mark Sanchez threw a 52-yard pass to Santonio Holmes to set up Nick Folk's 30-yard field goal, lifting the New York Jets to a 23-20 overtime win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Lions' Backus bounces back from early miscue

Posted Nov. 06, 2010 @ 6:38 p.m. ET
After giving up a sack in Week One that resulted in an injury to QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit OLT Jeff Backus has played very well since then, according to NFC North Whispers.

Cunningham credits Kocurek for Lions' DL creativity

Posted Nov. 05, 2010 @ 10:26 p.m. ET
Given all the talent the Lions have on their defensive line, it's easy to just line them up and let them go. But in Week Eight, they were very creative with their fronts.

Lions avoid blackout in game vs. Jets

Posted Nov. 04, 2010 @ 9:33 a.m. ET
Lions president Tom Lewand said Sunday's game against the Jets has sold out and the local television blackout will be lifted.

Johnson thrilled to have Stafford back

Posted Oct. 31, 2010 @ 5:46 p.m. ET
While all of Lions Nation was excited to see QB Matthew Stafford back on the field Sunday, WR Calvin Johnson might have been the happiest of all.

Stafford lifts Lions to 37-25 win over Redskins

Posted Oct. 31, 2010 @ 5:08 p.m. ET
Matthew Stafford's fourth touchdown pass converted a fourth down with 3:12 left and the Detroit Lions scored nine points in 14 seconds to turn a closely contested game into a 37-25 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Lions hope to strike gold again at corner

Posted Oct. 29, 2010 @ 3:12 p.m. ET
The Lions' philosophy the past few seasons has been that they will take a chance on young, talented football players, and nowhere has that been more evident — and successful — than at cornerback.

Lions looking at blackout for Sunday's home game vs. Redskins

Posted Oct. 28, 2010 @ 10:31 a.m. ET
It's looking very likely that the Lions will have their first local TV blackout of the 2010 season on Sunday, as 10,000 tickets were still available for the Week Eight home game against the Redskins as of Wednesday ...

Lions MLB Levy returns to practice

Posted Oct. 27, 2010 @ 11:35 a.m. ET
Lions MLB DeAndre Levy returned to the individual portion of practice on Tuesday for the first time since spraining his ankle in Week Three.

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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