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Lions May Not Appeal Chiefs Tampering Charge After All

In the first week of December, we heard via reports that the Kansas City Chiefs had filed a tampering charge against the Detroit Lions. This week, we heard the NFL's ruling on that -- guilty.

The NFL ruled the Lions had tampered with the Chiefs and, as a punishment, were docked their seventh round pick in the 2011 NFL draft and ordered to swap fifth round picks with the Chiefs -- a move from No. 23 to No. 9 in the round for Kansas City.

Earlier this week, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said that he felt the league reached the "wrong conclusion" in that case and indicated that appealing the ruling -- the deadline to do so is Monday -- would be a possibility.

Now Lions GM Martin Mayhew sounds as if Detroit has conceded.

"You win some, you lose some," Mayhew said, during a 45-minute interview with the beat writers. "As of right now, we lost that one. I take the blame for that. That's my fault."

Mayhew said the Lions have to reevaluate what they did, and didn't do, and move on.

"We haven't made a final determination on what the next step is, but from our standpoint, there are so many positive things going on with our franchise and it doesn't make a lot of sense to wallow around in something negative."

If his words are any indication, it sounds like the Lions won't be appealing and the Chiefs will keep the ninth pick in the fifth round.

(H/T Arrowheadlines)