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Lions Will Part Ways with Center Dominic Raiola

Scott Boehm(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions are parting ways with one of the longest tenured players in franchise history as the team has informed center Dominic Raiola he will not return for the 2015 season.

Raiola has spent his entire 14-year career with the Lions. He started a franchise-record 203 games for the team, and missed just one game since 2008.

That one missed game came in the 2014 regular season finale when he was suspended for stomping on the ankle of Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson.

Once taking over the starting center spot in 2002, Raiola firmly cemented his status as a stable figure for the team on and off the field. Raiola was dominant in 2013. According to Pro Football Focus, he didn't allow a single sack that season. In 2014, they rated him as the No. 37 center in the NFL as he allowed four sacks.

Kenny Zuckerman, Raiola's agent, has confirmed that his client wants to keep playing football next season.

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Lions Re-Sign Tight End Brandon Pettigrew

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) -- With the team already signing wide receiver Golden Tate, the Detroit Lions are making sure quarterback Matthew Stafford has plenty of offensive weapons in 2014 as the team has agreed on a four-year deal with tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Pettigrew's deal is worth $16 million, and he will get $8 million guaranteed.

Pettigrew has spent his first five seasons of his career with the Lions after the team selected him in the first round back in the 2009 draft.

The team has asked him in recent seasons to take a hit statistically to focus more on blocking for the team.

After catching a career-high 83 passes for 777 yards in 2011, Pettigrew's receptions have fallen off each of the past two seasons. He caught 59 passes in 2012 and 41 passes in 2013.

Reserve tight end Joseph Fauria emerged in 2013 as the team's red-zone threat as he caught seven touchdowns his rookie year.

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Lions' Suh Ranked Fourth on 'Forbes' Disliked List

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to a poll with Forbes Magazine, Detroit Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh ranked fourth on its list of most-disliked NFL players.

Just four months ago, Suh led the poll of most-liked players but his actions during the Thanksgiving game against the Green Bay Packers -- when he stomped on offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on national television -- may have had something to do with this recent poll performance.

Suh had an appeal score of 71 percent in the most-liked category but now sits at 51 percent disliked, according to the magazine.

"He went from being so popular to being a pariah in one season," said Stephen Master, Nielsen's vice president of sports, according to Forbes.

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Detroit Lions Clinch First Playoff Birth Since 1999

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Lions clinched their first playoff birth since 1999, by beating the San Diego Chargers 38-10.

"There's going to be a time that we don't celebrate getting to the playoffs, but it's not going to be tonight," Schwartz said. "It's been a long time coming."

The win was the Lions' third straight.  They will get a chance to improve their playoff position next week, when they head to Lambeau Field to take on division rival Green Bay. 

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NFL Preview: Raiders (7-6) host Lions (8-5) on Sunday

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders (7-6) will look to keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday when they'll play host to the Detriot Lions (8-5).

Sunday marks the return of Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh who was serving his two-game suspension after stomping on a Green Bay Packers offensive linemen's arm on Thanksgiving.

The Raiders currently trail the Denver Broncos by one game in the AFC West.

"It's a huge football game for this team," said Raiders head coach Hue Jackson.  "Our guys are ready to go, we're excited."

The Lions are currently holding onto the final wildcard playoff spot in the NFC and it's been a long time since the team has played meaningful games in December.

"It's something that we've been waiting for, for a long time," said Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.  "It puts greater emphasis on taking advantage of the opportunity."

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