Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

Dave Birkett

Detroit Free Press

Laredo, TX, United States

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Recent articles by Dave:

Detroit Lions waive six to reach 80-man roster limit, keep all undrafted roookies

The Detroit Lions will have one more cut to make once they activate safety Jalen Elliott off the reserve/COVID-19 list → Read More

Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers tries to 'make the uneasy times a little bit easier'

Through his Flowers of the Future Foundation, Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers awarded four scholarships totaling $5,000 on Saturday → Read More

Detroit Lions assistant who played MAC football 'devastated' season has been canceled

The daughter of Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had her college softball season at BYU cancelled in the spring → Read More

Detroit Lions take TE T.J. Hockenson, 2 others off reserve/COVID-19 list

Detroit Lions TE spent 10 days on the list, the minimum for a player who tests positive and either shows symptoms or can't pass two straight tests → Read More

Detroit Lions want Kenny Golladay to be like DeAndre Hopkins; other coordinator takeaways

Detroit Lions special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs discusses the battles ahead at punter and long snapper for the 2020 season. → Read More

After Matthew Stafford's false positive, NFL alters COVID-19 testing protocols

Matthew Stafford's false positive test for COVID-19 prompted the NFL to change its policy on testing. → Read More

As COVID-19 hits close to home, Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia prepares for contingencies

After two NFL coaches tested positive for COVID-19, the Detroit Lions have a next-in-command plan in place if their staff falls victim to the virus → Read More

Detroit Lions offering opt-outs, refunds to season ticket holders; no tailgating this fall

Detroit Lions fans who choose to attend games this fall will have designated gates and entry times into Ford Field → Read More

Detroit Lions' Jamie Collins: Opt-outs 'still going to be a problem' after deadline

A total of 65 NFL players opted out of the 2020 season, including three Detroit Lions. LB Jamie Collins says players should have more time to decide. → Read More

Detroit Lions' Taylor Decker still waiting for contract extension: Here's the latest

Laremy Tunsil, who was taken three spots ahead of Detroit Lions' Taylor Decker in the 2016 NFL draft, signed a $66 million extension this spring → Read More

Russell Bodine becomes latest Detroit Lion to opt out, 60 NFL players sitting out season

60 NFL players have taken the opt-out so far, with the deadline for sitting out the season at 4 p.m. Thursday. Detroit Lions' Russell Bodine is latest → Read More

Detroit Lions activate WR Kenny Golladay off reserve/COVID-19 list

Of the eight Lions placed on reserve/COVID-19, four remain on the list: T.J. Hockenson, Arryn Siposs, Amani Oruwariye and Jalen Elliott → Read More

Explaining Matthew Stafford's COVID-19 false positive and the 'nightmare' it could create

An NFL game this fall probably will be altered by a false negative or false positive COVID test. Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford already knows that. → Read More

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford reportedly tested positive for COVID-19

Players who test positive for the coronavirus must stay away from the facility for at least five days → Read More

This NFL season promises to test what's never been a Detroit Lions strong suit: Depth

The Detroit Lions had a strong draft and filled needs in free agency, but surviving the pandemic this fall will take every player on the roster → Read More

Detroit Lions' Romeo Okwara on NFI list, Austin Bryant on PUP list to start training camp

The Detroit Lions were awarded second-year defensive tackle Daylon Mack off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday → Read More

Detroit Lions lose second player to coronavirus opt out, WR Geronimo Allison

More than three dozen NFL players have opted out of the season due to concerns about COVID-19, including Detroit Lions DT John Atkins → Read More

Detroit Lions ink final unsigned draft pick Jashon Cornell to 4-year deal

Cornell had four sacks for Ohio State last season and graded as the fourth-highest ranked defensive lineman in the draft by Pro Football Focus → Read More

Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford's stint on COVID-19 list shows just how fragile football is

The Detroit Lions, who have 8 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, are scheduled to begin strength and conditioning workouts Monday → Read More

Matthew Stafford on COVID-19 list, what it means for Detroit Lions

Stafford's wife, Kelly, gave birth to the couple's fourth child in June, a girl named Tyler → Read More