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Saturday, July 26, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Regrets in Detroit

Posted by'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:

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.