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Lions start staff furloughs

Nick Fairley, Martin Mayhew, Jim Schwartz

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, from left, first-round draft pick Nick Fairley, and head coach Jim Schwartz pose at the team’s headquarters in Allen Park, Mich., Friday, April 29, 2011. Fairley was selected 13th overall in the 2011 NFL draft. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


More and more NFL owners are making their employees pay for their mismanagement.

The Detroit Lions are the latest team to cut back, starting mandatory two week furloughs for team employees on Monday. The unpaid breaks will apparently include all employees, including the coaching staff.

“While we have made some adjustments to our business operation due to the current labor situation, we are not going to comment specifically about those changes,” the team told the Detroit News Monday.

Back in March, President Tom Lewand said any possible furloughs would include all employees, including G.M. Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz.

We called the Cardinals gutless for their furloughs, so the Lions and the rest of teams joining them deserve the same notice. We passed along a report Sunday that seven teams have promised not to cut coaching staff pay, even if the lockout extends into the regular season.