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Dominic Raiola makes 200th start for Detroit Lions

DETROIT -- Longtime Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola has picked up another record for the franchise.

Raiola started his 200th game Thursday against the Chicago Bears, the first player in Detroit history to make 200 starts. He had passed Wayne Walker (197 starts) and Jeff Backus (191 starts) this season.

The 35-year-old was a second-round pick out of Nebraska in 2001, and since then has played in all but four games for the Lions -- a constant presence on the offensive line over the past decade-plus for Detroit.

He is one of five active players to have 200 starts, behind quarterback Peyton Manning (251 with Indianapolis and Denver), defensive back Charles Woodson (230 with Oakland and Green Bay), defensive lineman Justin Smith (212 with Cincinnati and San Francisco) and quarterback Tom Brady (202 starts with New England).

Only Brady has more starts with one team among active players.