Nate Burleson says Lions leaders implemented their own set of consquences for personal fouls

Posted Sep 12, 2013

The entire team ran after practice on Wednesday as a result of the two personal foul penalties committed in last Sunday's game vs. Minnesota

The punishment for Lions players getting personal fouls doesn't end this season with fines and penalty yards.

It also includes extra running after practice.

As part of a program imposed by the team's leadership council, all players ran two half-gassers after practice on Wednesday. Coincidentally, it was the hottest practice day of the year.

Running gassers was suggested by quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Nate Burleson said Thursday.

"We've got a group of guys who brought it up to the team," Burleson said. "We should have some accountability.

"Even though mistakes and personal fouls are individual-based, at the end of the day, it hurts everybody on the team."

A full gasser is running the width of the field, back and forth, twice. A half gasser is back and forth. In effect, the Lions ran a full gasser because of the two personal fouls.

Ndamukong Suh and Louis Delmas were flagged for personal fouls in Sunday's victory over the Vikings. Suh's was for a low block on Vikings center John Sullivan on an interception return. Delmas got one for bumping a Vikings player with his helmet during a scrum in front of the Vikings' bench area.

The two fouls caused everyone to run, with no exclusions.

"Everybody," Burleson said for emphasis. "All the players, we step on the line – like yesterday, the hottest day of the year it seemed like."

The afternoon temperature Wednesday was above 90 degrees.

"We had to do it," Burleson said. "You can't just talk about getting rid of those mistakes and not do anything about it."

Burleson joked about what would happen if the players have to continue to run because of personal fouls.

"If this continues, we'll lock a guy in a dark room and just beat him up," he said.