Detroit Lions legend takes a shot at Johnny Manziel

Last night rookie sensation and hype machine Johnny Manziel made his NFL Monday Night Football debut against the Washington Redskins. It didn’t go nearly as well as he had planned. Manziel completed just seven of 16 passes, was sacked three times and averaged a pathetic 4.1 yards per pass. The Redskins bullied and taunted him all night, and by the third quarter he was visibly frustrated...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lions' Raiola responds to Manziel's gesture: Enjoy the Fed Ex

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Before Joe Nathan gave Detroit Tigers' fans "the chin flick" and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny "Football" Manziel "flipped the bird" to the Washington Redskins' sideline, there was Dominic Raiola. Raiola, entering his 14th season as a center for the Detroit Lions, has had his share of run-ins over the years, including when...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dan Cleary, Matthew Stafford accept #ALSBucketChallenge

Dan Cleary gets doused by ice-cold water from multiple angles after challenging Kris Draper, Matthew Stafford and Henrik Zetterberg. Stafford accepted today and challenged Clayton Kershaw, Jim Bob Cooter and Dominic Raiola. Stafford took the ALS ice bucket challenge today. — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) August 16, 2014 Video of Stafford’s is here...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Veterans looking to set enduring legacy

Dominic Raiola’s question is the same question everyone has for the Detroit Lions’ offensive line. “My question to the guys: ‘Was that really us?’ ” Raiola said. Last season, the Detroit Lions’ offensive line allowed 23 sacks, second fewest in the NFL to the Denver Broncos’ 20. The Lions also allowed only 68 quarterback hits, which ranked eighth in the NFL and higher...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Hopes high for Lions as Caldwell's first training camp begins

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jim Caldwell will take the field Monday afternoon for his first training camp as Detroit Lions coach. He does so with much higher expectations than most coaches in their first year. Lions center Dominic Raiola, entering his 14th NFL season, has been through a few of these coaching-staff transitions and insists that the Lions are in a great position with this...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Position preview: Is the Detroit Lions offensive line amongst the top 10 in the NFL?

One of the biggest surprises for the Detroit Lions last year was the stellar play of their young offensive line. A huge question mark going into the 2013, the Lions made Martin Mayhew look like a genius with his moves on the down lineman and kept Matthew Stafford healthy and created holes for Reggie Bush and Joique Bell throughout the season. Dominic Raiola is winding down his career...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ndamukong Suh told Dominic Raiola that he’s showing up for OTA’s

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh told his teammate, center Dominic Raiola that he’ll be in attendance for OTA’s this week. Raiola said he texted with Suh recently and Suh told him he'd be at OTAs tomorrow. Said he's in shape and "looks like Adonis" — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) May 20, 2014 Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report mentioned on Sunday that teams...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Lion: Team drafting his position akin to someone hitting on wife

Now that the NFL Draft is over, we are beginning to hear players give their opinion on what teams did in the draft. Some players were happy about what their teams did and some were not to thrilled. One of those players who was not thrilled was Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola. Detroit drafted center Travis Swanson out of Arkansas in the third round to ultimately be Raiola...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Dominic Raiola: NFL draft felt like someone hitting on my wife

Watching the NFL draft wasn’t much fun this year for Dominic Raiola. Even though he has been the Lions’ starting center since 2002 and is coming off his best season, the team drafted center Travis Swanson out of Arkansas in the third round last week to be Raiola’s long-term replacement. “Right when you see it, it’s hard. I mean, you’re human,” Raiola said Friday....
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions re-sign C Dominic Raiola

Dominic Raiola is aging, going into his age 36 season, and he looked done as recently as 2010-2011, when he graded out below average on Pro Football Focus in both seasons, including 5th worst among centers in 2010. However, he’s put together back-to-back strong seasons on an overall strong Detroit offensive line over the past two seasons, grading out 13th and 2nd among centers...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Center’s in the draft to eventually replace Dominic Raiola

The Detroit Lions say they are going to be searching for the future at center as the long career of Dominic Raiola is winding down. Raiola had what was likely his best season of his career in 2013 and has been the Lions center since he was drafted in 2001. He did so while accepting a pay cut to stay with the team, and so, this year the Lions rewarded him with a small pay increase...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

At age 35, Raiola thinks he has more than one year left

Lions center Dominic Raiola signed a one-year contract to stay in Detroit, but he expects to play more than one more year. The 35-year-old Raiola, who has played his entire 13-year NFL career with the Lions, told the Detroit News that he wants to play at least two more years. “Not a lot of people can say they played 15 years, and that’s a realistic goal for me,” Raiola said...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Raiola signs 1-year deal with Lions

Detroit center Dominic Raiola is returning for a 14th season with the Lions. Agent Kenny Zuckerman says Raiola has signed a one-year deal and hopes to help Detroit reach the postseason this year. The Lions have missed the playoffs the last two seasons. Raiola was drafted by the Lions in 2001 and has played for Detroit his entire career. He's started all 16 games in each of...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions re-sign Dominic Raiola, according to report

The Detroit Lions took care of an important piece of business on Friday afternoon by re-signing center Dominic Raiola to a one-year deal, according to Dave Birkett. It's unclear how much Raiola's new contract will pay him in 2014, but Birkett reports that the 35-year-old Raiola is going to get a "nice raise" for his 14th season in the NFL. At this time last year...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions re-sign Dominic Raiola to one-year deal

Dominic Raiola is coming back for Year 14 with the Detroit Lions. Raiola, a second-round draft pick in 2001, took a significant pay cut to return last year but he's getting a raise now after receiving a one-year contract. Raiola, 35, would have become an unrestricted free agent next month, but he's made it clear many times that his heart is in Detroit and that he wants...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions sign C Dominic Raiola to a 1-year deal

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press,  the Lions have signed center Dominic Raiola to a one-year deal. The Lions have re-signed C Dominic Raiola to a one-year deal. I'm told he gets a nice raise after taking a paycut to stay in Detroit last yr — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 7, 2014 Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The Lions re-sign Dominic Raiola to a one-year deal, receives ‘nice raise’

He sucks! He’s an ass! He’s the worst center in the league! Now that you’ve got that out of the way Lions fans the team re-signed center Dominica Raiola to a one-year deal giving the veteran a ‘nice raise’ according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. The exact numbers of that raise haven’t been released...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Lions Re-Sign C Dominic Raiola To A One-Year Deal

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions have re-signed veteran C Dominic Raiola to a one-year deal. Birkett has been informed that Raiola will receive a “nice raise” after taking a pay cut to return to Detroit last year.   The post Report: Lions Re-Sign C Dominic Raiola To A One-Year Deal appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions' Dominic Raiola wants to be at center of team's, city's turnaround

Dominic Raiola was home in Hawaii one day this February when he got a call from Lions vice president of pro personnel Sheldon White telling him he was going to be released. For weeks, since the Lions approached his agent at the Senior Bowl with news they were remaking their offensive line, Raiola had been wrestling with his future. He was set to count $6.1 million against the salary...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions Offensive Line: Best in NFL

(Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski/AP)   Detroit Lions Offensive Line: History in the Making Nine games into the season, Detroit has allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL with only 10 sacks. As if that wasn’t good enough, the Lions have been passing more than every team with the exception of Cincinnati, and tailback Reggie Bush is sixth in yards from scrimmage with 966 yards. Their offensive...
November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions' Dominic Raiola having best season of 13-year NFL career

After 10 or so seasons, most players see a natural decline in their play, but that hasn’t been the case for Lions center Dominic Raiola in year 13. “I think he probably is playing as good as he’s ever played,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. Raiola will make his 180th career start on Sunday against the Cowboys, and if his play is any indication, he won’t be...
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October 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions lineman Dominic Raiola continues to talk trash, this time for his teammate Suh

Last week Lions center Dominic Raiola was in the media, but not on the good side of it. Raiola was in the funny papers, after making very offensive comments to the Wisconsin band members. Well he was at it today again, but this time his enemy was not a tuba player but Instead it was […]
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions' Raiola: No homophobic slur

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola denied that he made a homophobic slur to members of the Wisconsin marching band at Sundays game in Green Bay. That was inaccurate, Raiola said. I dont speak like that. I have family members ... that are gay. I have a lot of respect for them. Raiola insisted that the incident got a little blown out of proportion and was taken...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

How much money should Lions OL Dominic Raiola be fined for his inappropriate words?

Dominic Raiola went off on the University of Wisconsin Marching Band this weekend when the Lions played the Green Bay Packers, even though he owned up to the words which were horrible, Raiola gave an apology. “My interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate,” Raiola said. “I apologize to those I offended along with […]
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Raiola apologizes to Wisconsin band, will make donation

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola apologized Tuesday afternoon to the director of the Wisconsin marching band after verbally abusing some band members at the Lions game Sunday in Green Bay. Raiola also plans to make a significant donation to the universitys band fund. The Lions, meanwhile, announced that Raiola will not receive any other discipline for his...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss
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