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#1415 The Lions have a lot of ties to the Patriots and they’ll get to revisit them ahead of a preseason game between the teams this August.The Lions announced that they will host three days of joint practices with the Patriots before the two teams play at Ford Field on August 8. Two of the practices will be open to the public while the August 5 workout will be open to Lions season ticket holders.Lions head coach Matt Patricia and General Manager Bob Quinn both worked for the Patriots before taking their current jobs and got a win over their former employers in the regular season last year. Defensive end Trey Flowers and wide receiver Danny Amendola signed with Detroit this offseason while safety Tavon Wilson http://www.lionslockerroom.com/authentic-taylor-decker-jersey , another former Patriot, has been with the Lions since 2016.The Patriots and Lions also hooked up for a trade this week that sent tight end Michael Roberts to New England. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy came over from Detroit in a 2016 trade, so there are a lot of players who will be visiting with former teammates in early August. Lions head coach Matt Patricia has been using an ATV to get around the practice field at training camp after having foot surgery this offseason Womens Jarrad Davis Jersey , but using that vehicle won’t be an option during Thursday’s preseason game against the Patriots.NFL rules forbid such equipment on the sideline and they also dictate that team personnel should not be on the sideline if they are wearing casts or using crutches to get around. That would suggest that Patricia will be working from the booth as the Lions open up their exhibition schedule, but he said Tuesday that he’s still hoping to be on the sideline.“We’re working through all that,” Patricia said Matthew Stafford Jersey White , via the . “I don’t think I’ll be riding the ATV around, unfortunately, on the sideline so we’re just trying to figure out how I can have some mobility and be able to be in a position where I’m not kind of in the mix of any sort of situation.”The elevated chair that Booger McFarland used to patrol the sideline on last year might work as a way to split the difference between sideline and booth. With McFarland moving upstairs this season Nick Bellore Jersey White , the Lions might be able to snag it for their head coach.