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Lions inactives for Rams game

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said all week that his two injured stars, WR Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford, were game-time decisions to play today against the Rams.

One hour before game time, and we now know that Stafford is at least active for the game, while Johnson (knee) is not. Dennis Northcutt will start opposite Bryant Johnson at wide receiver, as the Lions will be without their biggest receiving threat for the majority of a third straight game. Drew Stanton is the third quarterback for the contest, meaning that — barring a last-minute reversal — Stafford will start for the first time since his knee injury nearly a month ago (Oct. 4).

In other lineup changes, free-agent tackle acquisition Jon Jansen will indeed get a chance to settle the revolving door at left guard, starting in place of the rotation of Daniel Loper and Manny Ramirez, both of whom are inactive for the game. Terrelle Smith will start at fullback in place of Jerome Felton, who is inactive, as well.

On defense, Cliff Avril returns to the starting lineup at left end, replacing Jason Hunter, who is out with a high-ankle sprain. Ko Simpson is back in the starting lineup at strong safety, as well, while corner Anthony Henry did not dress for the game.

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Blogger michigan fan said...

The lions simply stink, they have stunk,do stink, & will in the future. We as fans need 2 stop supporting this embarrassment 2 the National Football League & quit paying 2 go 2 games. As long as William Clay Ford is in the black with this organization he does not CARE if they win or lose. Bottom line for 54 yrs. they havn't been able 2 win.....wake up people the true of the matter is they are terrible!!! So jump off the sinking ship before it goes completely under. The Detroit Lion's do not no how 2 win & that is a fact! So quit running with the thought that they in a re-building year....they have been trying 2 re-build for 54 yrs. & have not been able 2 do it yet!!!

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