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DE Cliff Avril Ends Holdout, Shows Up at Lions Camp

The Lions got a much needed boost today, as DE Cliff Avril ended his holdout, showing at at Lions camp for the first time.

Lions defensive end Cliff Avril ended his holdout and showed up to Lions training camp for the first time Sunday, according to the team’s official web site.

Avril, who had a career-high 11 sacks last season, is entering his fifth season. He is set to play this season on a one-year, $10.6 million franchise tender after talks on a long-term deal broke off in mid-July. Avril would become a free agent after this season.

Avril let his fans know Sunday on Twitter that he was back in action.

“If ur heart is filled with faith then you can’t fear”… back to work let’s get it #WIN

– Cliff Avril (@Cliff Avril) August 5, 2012

Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham talked about Avril’s importance.

“First of all, I love him as a human being. And second of all, he’s a tremendous football player,” Cunningham said Saturday, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We talked quite a few times over this situation, this contract thing. But I never talk to him about money.

“I just talk to him about his and my relationship, which is a lot deeper than a coach and a player. He’s more of a friend to me than anything. He’s a good young man. God bless him. I hope you get here quick.”

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