The Lions have terminated the contract of Lions cornerback Aaron Berry after he was arrested for a second time in a month over the weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Berry was released due to “personal conduct which adversely affects the club.”
“We have repeatedly stressed to everyone in our organization that there will be appropriate consequences when an expected standard of behavior is not upheld,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement.
Berry was arrested early Saturday morning in his hometown of Harrisburg and charged with three counts of simple assault for allegedly brandishing a firearm.
“Mr. Berry was taken into custody early Saturday and charged with three counts of simple assault on allegations that a firearm was brandished by Mr. Berry,” said. Corp. Gautsch of the Harrisburg City Police Department.
Berry was arrested last month for DUI, two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles and two counts of failure to stop and give information.
It appears the team has finally reached it’s boiling point with this latest run-in with the law, the team’s seventh this offseason.
Berry was supposed to enter training camp Thursday as one of the team’s starting cornerbacks opposite Chris Houston. The Lions will now look towards free agent acquisition Jacob Lacey, Alphonso Smith or rookies Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green to fill that role – at least initially.
Berry was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2010 and earned a starting nickel role out of camp that season. He injured his shoulder Week 1 against the Bears and was placed on injured reserve. He played the same role as the team’s starting nickel cornerback last season, and even started three games in Houston’s absence last year. He was expected to be a big contributor on defense this year.
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Thursday’s start of training camp can’t get here soon enough for the Lions. An offseason filled with arrests, citations and bad press increased by one today with the reports of cornerback Aaron Berry being arrested for a second time in a month.
Berry was arrested early Saturday morning in his hometown of Harrisburg (Pa.) and charged with three counts of simple assault for allegedly brandishing a firearm, Harrisburg (Pa.) City Police told detroitlions.com.
“Mr. Berry was taken into custody early Saturday and charged with three counts of simple assault on allegations that a firearm was brandished by Mr. Berry,” said. Corp. Gautsch of the Harriburg City Police Department.
Berry was taken into custody around 2:30 a.m. Saturday and then released.
Berry was arrested last month for DUI, two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles and two counts of failure to stop and give information. He was set to enter a Pennsylvania diversionary program on that incident. It’s unclear how his latest arrest affects those plans.
Along with Berry’s second arrest, defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested twice on separate possession of marijuana possession and DUI charges. Running back Mikel Leshoure was cited twice for possession of marijuana and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was also arrested for possession of marijuana.
“We are extremely disappointed by the reports involving Aaron Berry,” the Lions said in a statement Sunday. “We are currently gathering more information and will have further comment when appropriate”
Berry heads to training camp as one of the starting cornerbacks opposite Chris Houston and is expected to be a big contributor for the Lions defense this season.
Leshoure has already been suspended the first two games of the regular season and fined an additional two game checks for his incidents. Fairley is still working his way through the Alabama legal system, but he’ll also be subject to NFL discipline once his cases are resolved.
Now add Berry to the list of alleged second-time offenders for the Lions who could be subject to fines or suspensions.
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Lions cornerback Aaron Berry waived his preliminary hearing on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Pennsylvania on Thursday, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
Berry was arrested June 23 in his native Harrisburg, Pa. and was charged with DUI, two counts of accidents involving other vehicles and two counts of failure to stop and render aid and leaving the scene of an accident.
The Dauphin County (Pa.) district attorney’s office said no date has been set for his arraignment.
Berry is expected to play a major role on the Lions’ defense this season, competing for the other starting cornerback spot opposite Chris Houston.
Depending on how the legal process plays out, Berry could be facing penalty from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, though the league doesn’t typically suspend first-time offenders like Berry.
Berry’s arrest June 23 was the sixth incident involving a Lions player this offseason. Running back Mikel Leshoure pleaded guilty to two possession of marijuana charges and was suspended two games by the NFL. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested on possession of marijuana and DUI charges that are still pending resolution in the legal system in Alabama. Offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was arrested for possession of marijuana and paid a fine.
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The Lions head into their first playoff game in 12 years, Saturday against the Saints, the healthiest they’ve been in more than a month.
Friday’s injury report list’s only safety Chris Harris (back) as doubtful for Saturday night’s game in New Orleans.
Safety Louis Delmas, who hasn’t played since Thanksgiving with a right knee injury, is listed as probable. Delmas practiced all week for the first time since hurting the knee six weeks ago.
Also probable for the Lions are: defensive end Cliff Arvil (back), corner Aaron Berry (shoulder), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot), corner Chris Houston (knee/hand), receiver Calvin Johnson (Achilles), corner Alphonso Smith (foot), running back Kevin Smith (ankle/knee) defensive tackle Corey Williams (hip) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle).
The Lions should have all 11 starters on defense for the game.
That includes Williams, who missed last week’s game in Green Bay, and Berry, who hasn’t played since Dec. 11 against the Vikings.
It’s a good time for the Lions to be healthy.
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After much debate whether the Packers would rest their starters against Detroit today, the inactives officially show that they will.
Not playing for Green Bay are quarterback Aaron Rodgers, cornerback Charles Woodson, linebacker Clay Matthews and wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings had already been ruled out on the injury report earlier this week.
Also inactive for the Packers are wide receiver Randall Cobb, running back James Starks and tackle Bryan Bulaga.
Starting in place of Rodgers will be quarterback Matt Flynn; wide receiver Jordy Nelson will start in place of Jennings; tackle Marshall Newhouse will start for Bulaga; linebacker Brad Jones will start for Matthews, linebacker Frank Zombo will start for Erik Walden, who is active, and cornerback Sam Shields wills tart for Woodson.
Notable inactives for Detroit include defensive tackle Corey Williams, who has been playing through a hip injury, and safety Louis Delmas, who hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury against the Packers on Thanksgiving.
Defensive tackle Sammie Hill will start for Williams while safety Chris Harris will start for Delmas.
Other Lions inactives include quarterback Drew Stanton, cornerback Aaron Berry, running back Joique Bell, safety Ricardo Silva and guard Leonard Davis.
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Right at the end of the portion of Lions practice open the media, corner Chris Houston walked onto the practice field in shorts and his No. 23 jersey sporting a hard cast on his left hand to protect an injured pinkie finger.
But there’s no need to worry, according to Houston. He says he’s fine.
“They’ll probably take this off (soon),” he said as he lifted it up and wiggled his fingers. “I’m able to move it.”
Houston said he hurt the pinkie when he fell on it wrong after returning an interception 43-yards in the fourth quarter against the Chargers on Saturday.
Houston even had a good laugh about it when a media member told him he must not have many friends because he had no signatures on his cast.
“I just got it this morning,” he laughed. “I’m sure it’ll be signed in a minute.”
Houston is still trying to move on from a sprained knee he suffered against the Packers on Thanksgiving that forced him to miss two games and remove himself from another.
“It wasn’t all the way back and it still isn’t 100 percent yet, but it will be,” Houston said Wednesday of the knee.
Houston did not practice Wednesday.
Neither did safety Louis Delmas, who’s been dealing with a sprained right knee for more than a month now. Delmas hasn’t played since hurting the knee against the Packers on Thanksgiving and likely won’t play against the Packers on Sunday.
Delmas had arthroscopic surgery on the knee Dec. 17.
Also missing practice was receiver Calvin Johnson, who was listed on the injury report with an Achilles injury.
“I had some things bothering me at the end of the game there, but like I said I’m just trying to be a fresh as possible going into the game,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I don’t feel too bad. I can’t complain too much.”
Defensive tackle Corey Williams (hip) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle) also missed practice.
Corner Aaron Berry, who’s recovering from a separated right shoulder suffered against the Vikings Dec. 11, looked much better in the early portion of practice than he did last week but is still listed as limited on the injury report.
Defensive end Cliff Avril (back) and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot) were also listed as limited.
New running back Joique Bell (No. 35) participated in practice.
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The Lions were without four starters at practice Wednesday as they continued on-field preparations for Saturday’s Christmas Eve game against the Chargers at Ford Field.
Safety Louis Delmas, defensive tackle Corey Williams, right tackle Gosder Cherilus and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.
Vanden Bosch is typically given a day of rest on Wednesday.
The official injury report will be released at 4 p.m.
Also not practicing for the Lions Wednesday were: defensive tackle Nick Fairley, safety Chris Harris and corner Don Carey.
Fairley practiced Tuesday. He said two weeks ago, though, that rest could be part of his weekly regiment going forward as he continues to deal with a foot injury.
Both Harris and Carey did not practice Tuesday.
Long snapper Don Muhlbach was back practicing Wednesday after missing Tuesday.
Corner Aaron Berry (shoulder), corner Chris Houston (knee) and defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thigh bruise) continue to practice this week.
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Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday that all of his 53 players would be “in the mix to play this week” when the Chargers come to Ford Field on Saturday.
That means none of the injuries the Lions are dealing with are long-term.
However, there were still a number of players missing from Tuesday’s first practice of the week.
Safety Louis Delmas, who had arthroscopic knee surgery on Saturday, did not practice.
Delmas didn’t travel to Oakland and hasn’t played since hurting the knee against the Packers on Thanksgiving.
Also not participating in the portion of practice open to the media were: defensive tackle Corey Williams, safety Chris Harris, corner Don Carey and long snapper Don Muhlbach.
Corner Aaron Berry practiced for the first time since separating his right shoulder against the Vikings Dec. 11 and to part in individual drills.
Berry still looks to be favoring that right shoulder some, though.
Corner Chris Houston, who started against Oakland Sunday but was replaced by Alphonso Smith, was participating in practice.
Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch got his usual day of rest to begin the workweek.
Fellow defensive end Lawrence Jackson took part in his second practice since suffering a thigh bruise against the Bears back in November.
Running back Kevin Smith (high ankle sprain) practiced and looked fine.
There will be no official injury report released by the team today.
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The Lions are the healthiest they’ve been in weeks and will have almost their full compliment of defensive starters.
Corner Eric Wright, linebacker Justin Durant, defensive tackle Nick Fairley will all play. All were questionable on Friday.
Running back Kevin Smith will also play and start.
Durant, Fairley and Smith missed last week’s game.
Inactive for the Lions are quarterback Drew Stanton, safety Louis Delmas, corner Aaron Berry, running back Aaron Brown, defensive end Keyunta Dawson, guard Leonard Davis and defensive end Lawrence Jackson.
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The Lions got a large contingent of players back on the field Friday in the team’s final practice before leaving for Oakland Friday night.
Corner Eric Wright (hamstring), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (thigh bruise) and linebacker Justin Durant (hamstring) all practiced on Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.
Friday was the first time Jackson has practiced in nearly a month. He’s missed the team’s last four games with that bruise.
Safety Louis Delmas (knee) was back at practice in limited fashion. He had a helmet but was not participating in individual drills in the portion of practice open to the media.
Defensive tackle Nick Fairley (foot) and defensive end Willie Young (ankle) ran off to the side with trainers instead of participating in practice.
Running back Kevin Smith practiced and it continues to look like he’ll play Sunday.
The only player not doing anything at practice was corner Aaron Berry (shoulder).
The official injury report will player’s status for Sunday will be released at 4 p.m. on detroitlions.com.
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