Detroit Lions Team President Tom Lewand released a statement Monday afternoon regarding the end of the NFL's lockout and the start of training camp.
"First and foremost, we are happy for our fans because all they ever wanted was for us to play football and, thankfully, that’s what we are getting ready to do," said Lewand.
The Lions are slated to begin training camp on Thursday, July 28 with their first practice scheduled the following day. An open practice schedule will be released in the near future.
"Back to work ... finally," said Head Coach Jim Schwartz via his Twitter page. "Can't wait to get started with our players on Thursday with first practice on Friday."
Players can report to facilities as of 10:00 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 26 for voluntary training.
At that same time, trading can begin and clubs can sign their own drafted and undrafted rookies and may negotiate (but not sign or extend offer sheets) with unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, exclusive rights players and franchise players (both their own and other clubs').
Clubs can begin signing those players July 29. The 2011 League Year will officially begin at 4:01 p.m. ET on August 4, assuming the NFLPA has ratified the CBA.