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Black and Blue all over: No hazing in Detroit

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
If you're looking for funny stories of bizarre hair cuts or rookies getting taped to goalposts, you're not going to get them out of Detroit's camp. As the Detroit Free Press reports, new Lions coach Jim Schwartz has banned hazing at his first training camp.

Here's Schwartz's explanation:

"This is professional football. They're here to do their job, and if they're distracted from doing their job by being made to sing or getting their hair cut or something like that, then they're not going to be able to give their best performance on the field."

Those sentiments are not unlike many new NFL coaches, who typically run relatively draconian training camps in their first season. It's not out of the question that Schwartz will let up later in his career, but for now he's trying to establish boundaries and a rhythm for his program. It's always a lot easier to let out the string later than it would be to tighten things down later.

Continuing around the NFC North: