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Lions announce preseason schedule, get Patriots in Week 3

Associated Press • Apr 11, 2017 at 4:30 AM

The third NFL preseason game is typically the one that most resembles the regular season.

It will be a big test for the Detroit Lions who will face the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots between Aug. 24 and 27. The NFL announced the preseason schedule on Monday night. Exact times and days will be announced at a later time.

The Detroit Lions will open their preseason schedule on the road at the Indianapolis Colts Aug. 10-14. It will be the first time the two teams have met in the preseason since 2009. They have met 21 times in preseason contests.

The home preseason schedule opens Aug. 17-21 against the New York Jets. The Lions and Jets have met only six times in the preseason, with Detroit holding a 4-2-0 record.

Tom Brady and the Patriots will be the opponent in Week 3 at Ford Field. This marks the Lions' third preseason meeting with New England in the last seven seasons (2011, 2013), with Detroit winning the most recent meeting 40-9 at Ford Field on Aug. 22, 2013. Amazingly, Detroit holds the preseason series edge 6-2-0.

Detroit will wrap up the preseason at the Buffalo Bills between Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The preseason wouldn't be complete for the Lions unless they met the Bills. It will be the 37th preseason meeting between the two. The Pistons won each of the last nine preseason contests, including a 31-0 win in 2016 at Ford Field.

The 2017 regular season schedule is expected to be released in the next week to 10 days.

The Lions already know their opponents.

At home they will play Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Atlanta, Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Arizona.

They will hit the road to Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Baltimore and Cincinnati.

The Lions will debut the new uniforms for 2017 at a season ticket holders' event at Ford Field on Thursday night.

Official offseason workouts begin for the players on Monday, April 17.

Stafford's twin girls 'healthy, happy'

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is a dad.

Wife Kelly Stafford posted a photo on Instagram Sunday noting that the couple's twins were born at the end of last month.

"First night out as a mom and a dad," Kelly wrote. "Our babies were born March 31st and are healthy and happy! Thanks for all the well wishes!"

Last October, Kelly used Instagram to announce she was pregnant. A month later, she revealed the couple were expecting twin girls.

The long-time couple met at the University of Georgia, where Matthew played quarterback and Kelly was a cheerleader. The two married in April 2015.

Ex-Lion Young gets 4 years in prison

Former Lions receiver Titus Young is in the news again.

Young, a 2011 second-round pick from Boise State, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to felony battery arising from a January 2016 incident, according to TMZ. The situation arose after Young left an inpatient mental treatment facility in Los Angeles and beat up his neighbor.

Young spent two years with the Lions, before he was released in January 2013. He was claimed on waivers by the Rams, and released less than two weeks later. He has been out of football since.

The legal issues began with a pair of arrests on the same day in May 2013, first for suspicion of DUI and next for trying to steal his car from the impoundment yard. Another incident happened within a week, for burglary, assault, and resisting arrest.

Young eventually pleaded no contest to felony battery charges, which resulted in probation plus a year of inpatient treatment.

Young had 81 catches for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns in 26 games for the Lions.

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