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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

Report: Lions RB Best expected to start 2012 on PUP list

Posted Aug. 15, 2012 @ 12:18 p.m. ET
Lions RB Jahvid Best will likely begin the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Lions' running game performs well in preseason opener

Posted Aug. 12, 2012 @ 2:42 p.m. ET
The Lions’ running game started the preseason on a positive note, with Detroit racking up 198 yards vs. Cleveland.  

Detroit safety Delmas has knee surgery

Posted Aug. 08, 2012 @ 10:12 a.m. ET
Lions S Louis Delmas, who has not practiced in a week, had surgery on his left knee Tuesday.

Avril signs tender, reports to Lions' camp

Posted Aug. 05, 2012 @ 1:17 p.m. ET
Lions DE Cliff Avril ended his holdout Sunday, signing his one-year, $10.6 million franchise tender and reporting to training camp.

Leshoure, Simpson are names to file away

Posted Aug. 04, 2012 @ 10:04 a.m. ET
Mike Wilkening offers fantasy scouting reports on Mikel Leshoure and Jerome Simpson, who will each miss the start of the season.

Fairley's hearing delayed until Nov. 27

Posted July 31, 2012 @ 7:22 p.m. ET
Lions DT Nick Fairley’s hearing for a marijuana possession charge has been delayed until Nov. 27.

Lions GM Mayhew expects Best to 'eventually' be cleared

Posted July 31, 2012 @ 9:34 a.m. ET
Lions GM Martin Mayhew told reporters Tuesday that he expects RB Jahvid Best (concussions) to be cleared to play at some point.

Lions OLT Backus sustains thumb injury

Posted July 28, 2012 @ 4:12 p.m. ET
Lions OLT Jeff Backus injured his thumb and did not return to Saturday's practice.

Lions place RB Best on PUP list

Posted July 27, 2012 @ 3:33 p.m. ET
Lions RB Jahvid Best has not been cleared for contact and he will begin training camp on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list.

Lions' Suh sued for more than $1 million

Posted July 26, 2012 @ 7:18 p.m. ET
Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is being sued for more than $1 million in an Oregon court by a passenger in a one-car accident involving Suh last December.

Lions sign CB Coleman

Posted July 25, 2012 @ 6:13 p.m. ET
The Lions have signed CB Drew Coleman, the club's official website reported Wednesday.

Lions sign CB-RS Miller

Posted July 25, 2012 @ 2:27 p.m. ET
The Lions agreed to terms with CB Justin Miller, who last played in an NFL game in 2009.

Lions add OT Scott

Posted July 24, 2012 @ 4:07 p.m. ET
The Lions signed former Steelers OT Jonathan Scott on Tuesday and released OT Johnny Culbreath.

Ex-Lion Berry apologizes, will enter substance-abuse program

Posted July 23, 2012 @ 9:20 p.m. ET
Former Lions CB Aaron Berry apologized Monday after a second offseason arrest ended his career with the club.

Penn State discipline becomes NFL's warning shot

Posted July 23, 2012 @ 2:11 p.m. ET
The NFL could stand to learn a few valuable lessons from the Penn State tragedy and realize that the league is not impervious from a similar fall.

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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