The Detroit Lions finally received their Color Rush uniforms Tuesday with only one problem -- the franchise won’t be wearing them this season.
Because Detroit does not have a Thursday night game, the Lions will sit out the Color Rush in 2016 with hopes of wearing the jerseys in 2017. There had been thought that the franchise would wear them on Thanksgiving against the Minnesota Vikings, but that apparently won't happen.
Detroit is one of nine teams that won’t wear the Color Rush uniforms this season.
The Lions' jerseys have a similar feel to some of the University of North Carolina football jerseys. They have a black jersey with blue numbers outlined in white trim. There will be black plants with a thick blue stripe in the middle between two silver stripes and two white stripes.
The socks will also be black.
Another interesting thing to note -- the patch on Detroit’s jersey honoring late owner William Clay Ford Sr. is now permanent. The franchise unveiled the patch in 2014 to honor its owner, who died that year. The patch, which is black with the letters 'WCF' in white in front of silver and blue bars going vertically, was initially announced as an add for the 2014 season without any indication it would be permanent.
The team had it on its jerseys again in 2015, and for the 2016 season opener against Indianapolis on Sunday. This is the first time the franchise has acknowledged the patch is going to be a permanent fixture on the jersey.
The website Detroit Sports Rag first mentioned the possibility of the patch being a long-term jersey addition last year. At the time, the Lions would not confirm that addition.