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Detroit Lions — Dom Raiola on Johnny Manziel's finger; Matthew Stafford on his speed

ALLEN PARK — Quick hits from Tuesday's early-afternoon availability with the Detroit Lions players and coach Jim Caldwell:

1. Safety DeJon Gomes who sat out of practice on Monday after a collision in Friday’s night’s game at Oakland does not have a long-term injury. Uncertain if he will practice this afternoon.

2. Dominic Raiola said he's honored that has named him starting center in its preseason all-Pro team. He was unaware until informed by media Tuesday. He joins Calvin Johnson representing the Lions. Raiola said, “it’s a big honor. I think it’s a reflection of what we did as a group last year. Again, it’s preseason don’t like to put too much into that. It’s always good to be recognized.’’

3. Caldwell said he will rotate kickers Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio in Friday’s preseason game with punter Sam Martin kicking off. Caldwell repeatedly said the competition between Freese and Tavecchio is close and will be a tough decision.

4. Raiola’s words of advice for Cleveland’s Johnny Manziel who gave the one-finger salute to the Redskins’ bench on Monday night. “Enjoy the FedEx,’’ Raiola said. FedEx will deliver the notification of a fine from the NFL. Raiola’s been there, with fines of $7,500 and $15,000 for gesturing to fans. Last season he made a donation to the University of Wisconsin band after words were exchanged.. Since it’s a first offense for Manziel, it’s expected to cost him about $11,000.

5. Matthew Stafford has worked hard in the offseason by all accounts. But his body is pretty much the same. “I’m not any faster, I don’t think I’m any more jacked,’’ Stafford said.

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