During his pre-camp media briefing Thursday afternoon, Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg revealed just exactly how busy he has, indeed, been.
Mornhinweg's press conference was held after the first full-team meeting, in which the retirement of five-year veteran Brock Olivo was announced. Second year receiver Latef Grim, who was expected to compete for a roster spot, was released due to injury, and two players were added to the PUP list.
Olivo, who has battled nagging hamstring injuries for the past few years, opted for retirement after being unable to run at a level he deemed necessary. The former Missouri standout had been one of the Lions' top special teams performers since he joined the team in 1998.
Grim's speed made him a valuable prospect for the Lions, but a back strain rendered him useless for training camp. Detroit signed recently dismissed Raiders' receiver Keith McKenzie as a replacement.
As mentioned previously by LionsFans.com, veteran linebacker Brian Williams and second-year sensation Shaun Rogers (DT) were both placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The restriction prohibits both players from practicing during camp until the tag is lifted.
The Lions will have their first full squad practice Friday morning.