Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
As he told the story Friday, Jordon Dizon was in Hawaii this spring when his phone rang. His secret was out. A Colorado newspaper had learned about his April 20 arrest for drunken driving and was publishing a story about it.
Dizon had no choice but to call Lions coach Rod Marinelli at home and apologize for concealing the incident.
"It was brief," Dizon said of the conversation during an interview Friday with Michigan reporters. But after signing a contract Friday following a short holdout, Dizon explained that he didn't disclose the incident mostly out of shame.
"It was more embarrassing than you can possibly imagine," he said. "It's because of the guy I am. I hardly ever drink. It's really tough for the people that know me. My family and friends know I'm a great guy and wouldn't do anything to jeopardize anyone. It's just a tough situation. It's so embarrassing for me as a person."
Dizon hasn't had the greatest of starts for an NFL rookie. In addition to the arrest, he also missed the first two practices of camp while his contract was hammered out. But he participated Friday afternoon, and will now begin fighting for the Lions' middle linebacker job.
In other NFC North news on the first weekend of camp:
Marinelli stresses speed in his Tampa-2 defense, and so he was pleased this week when no player arrived at camp at a finable weight level. None of his defensive linemen are more than 300 pounds. That's huge.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson plans to enter training camp with two rookies as his backup quarterbacks because "we did not feel that comfortable with any of the available veteran guys," Thompson told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. (We assume Brett Favre wasn't on that list).
The Chicago Sun-Times referred to Devin Hester's hamstring injury as "a bit of a stretch." Indeed, it was evident to most people Friday in Bourbonnais, Ill., that Hester will be back on the practice field only after he signs a contract extension, an event that could come as early as this weekend.
When he had surgery in February on his left elbow, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams described the issue as minor. But when the Vikings suited up for their first practice of training camp Friday, Williams was wearing a brace and sitting out team drills. Coach Brad Childress said the injury is healed but added: "I think it's important that he's able to build strength in that thing." Fred Evans took Williams' place.
Blog note: We made an early departure from Bourbonnais and are headed north to Green Bay. Somebody said something about a minor, ongoing news story up there. We'll check back with you later this afternoon.