Lions plan to add 'Color Rush' uniforms for 2016, update existing unis in 2017

The head-to-toe "Color Rush" uniform -- seen here in a 2015 meeting of the Rams and Bucs -- will continue to be a feature of Thursday night games. AP Photo/Billy Hurst

DETROIT -- It sounds as though the Detroit Lions are going to have a multitude of new uniforms to choose from over the next couple of years.

The majority will likely come in the 2017 season, when team president Rod Wood said there will be some changes to the existing jersey, but in 2016 there will be an alternate jersey -- a "Color Rush" jersey.

“We will have an alternate uniform this year,” Wood said Thursday at a season-ticket holders' event at Ford Field. “If you watched any of the Thursday night games last year, you saw four or five of them, they tested what they called the 'Color Rush' that were uniforms that were all one color, head to toe. We did not wear one when we played on Thursday night last year.

“All teams that play on Thursday this year will wear a color rush uniform.”

Wood said the NFL would not allow him to say what color the uniforms will be and that he expects the jerseys to be unveiled close to the schedule release in April, once the franchise knows whether it will be playing any games on Thursdays beyond the traditional Thanksgiving game.

He is hoping the Lions will have at least one other Thursday night game.

Wood said the franchise is looking at “an update” for the 2017 Lions jerseys but did not want to give specifics.

“It won’t be a radical change,” Wood said. “We still love the Honolulu blue and silver and the lion, one of the greatest logos. ... And we are also going to look at bringing back a throwback uniform in 2017 and it may be a slightly different throwback uniform, but that’s something we’re going to talk about for 2017. And on top of that, probably a different 'Color Rush' uniform for 2017, too.

“So lots going on on the uniform front.”