DETROIT — Jeff Backus’ streak of 186 straight starts will be broken today. Backus injured his hamstring on Sunday and was listed as doubtful on Wednesday’s injury report. Rookie Riley Reiff will start.
Louis Delmas, who has missed three straight games, will start against the Houston Texans in the Thanksgiving game at Ford Field.
The Detroit Lions free safety has played in just three games all season due to knee problems. He underwent knee surgery on Aug. 7.
Cornerback Drayton Florence, who suffered a concussion early in Sunday’s game but wasn’t diagnosed until Monday, is active and will start for Jacob Lacey who is out with a foot injury.
Nick Fairley will start again for Corey Williams (knee) while rookie Ryan Broyles will start for Titus Young who is inactive due to behavior issues.
Other Lions inactives are: quarterback Kellen Moore, Corey Hilliard and Ronnell Lewis.
Backus is in fourth place on the all-time career games played list.
In the NFL, only Backus and QB Peyton Manning (208) have started the first 180 games of their respective careers since 1970 per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Backus has started every game since he was drafted in 2001 (first round).
He currently holds the mark for the most consecutive starts among NFL active (offensive and defensive) linemen, and he is currently third among all active players with 186 straight starts.
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