ALLEN PARK — Coach Jim Caldwell said he has talked with Dominic Raiola and the team will not discipline the veteran Lions' center for his actions late in the 34-9 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
"He and I talked, we addressed the issue. What we talked about is a private matter, he knows how we like to do things around here,'' Caldwell said at his Monday press conference. "That’s the end of story.''
Raiola took a dive at Zach Moore’s knees and admitted he did so afterward, saying it was payback for the Patriots running up the score.
Raiola also tried to punch Moore twice on the same drive before the cut block. No penalties were called.
The league will address the play according to Caldwell. Raiola didn’t break a rule, but the intent to injure complicates the issue. He could face a heavy fine.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about Raiola on Monday.
“Well, I'm sure there's a lot of frustration there from Raiola. That's obvious. They've never beaten us,’’ Belichick said according to team transcripts. “(He) had a tough day in there dealing with (Vince) Wilfork and (Dont’a) Hightower and those guys. I'd say that was probably frustration.’’
Barring a suspension, Raiola will start his 200th game on Thursday.
Caldwell said the Lions will practice Tuesday and Wednesday and “go to war” on Thursday.
The Lions (7-4) are coming off two straight losses, while the Chicago Bears (5-6) have won two straight (Tampa Bay, Minnesota).