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Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson out, Louis Delmas active

DETROIT — Calvin Johnson is out and Louis Delmas is in for the Detroit Lions against the Patriots at Ford Field in the third preseason game.

Also two rookies earned the start — Darius Slay at cornerback and Larry Warford at right guard.

Johnson missed his second straight preseason game after being  held out of practice with a bruised knee this week. He said on Tuesday he planned to play. 

Delmas, who has practiced sporadically, missed the first two preseason games.

Delmas, who is dealing with a bad left knee, said on Monday his goal was to play. He said he’s on schedule to play in the regular season opener on Sept. 8, but he wanted to get in at least a few series in the preseason specifically against the Patriots.

Also out was Shaun Hill, who missed practice this week. He was on the field for pre-game warm-ups but did not throw to receivers running routes.

Also inactive were Ross Weaver, John Drew, Montell Owens and Matt Veldman.

The Lions wrap up the preseason next Thursday, Aug. 29, at Buffalo.

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