A few bits of Columbus Lions update coming down the pike, including the signing of a couple huge and experienced offensive linemen.
Order of business No. 1: The three Lions players ejected from Sunday's game for their role in a brief skirmish - DB Kirkston Edwards, lineman Charleston Grey and WR Maurice Dupree - will not be suspended for Saturday's road game at Albany, according to Lions coach Jason Gibson.
Gibson said the SIFL rules require the players to pay an undisclosed fine, which will be taken out of their checks, and may play on Saturday because it was their first ejection. Any other ejections will result in another fine and a mandatory suspension, Gibson said.
Next: The Lions have recently signed some offensive linemen, which may give you a sign of relief if you were one of the people calling for better QB protection after last night's game.
Gibson said he's signed Brandon Phillips, a 6-7, 310-pound lineman out of Belhaven in Jackson, Miss., along with Mo Mitchell, a former 6-7, 370-pound Florida OL/DL who played there from 2001-04.
Finally: I posted the other day that the Lions had traded away longtime receiver Tirone Morris to the Erie Explosion in yet another one of those "undisclosed" deals. Gibson said the Lions got future considerations for Morris, who led the Lions in receiving yards per game last year (90.5) and scored 13 TDs.
Post-finally: I've had a few emails and messages sent my way recently regarding the Lions. If there's enough interest, I'll start a mailbag feature each week. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll do my best to answer them or get them answered.