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Detroit Lions: Ziggy Ansah, Bill Bentley, Nate Burleson inactive

No real surprises among the Lions’ inactives today at Pittsburgh.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is a go as expected. He missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday and was limited on Friday.

Ezekiel Ansah misses his second straight game today. The defensive end rolled his ankle in the Dallas game on Oct. 27. He practiced on a limited basis on Friday — it was his first appearance on the practice field since the injury.

Rookie Devin Taylor will get his second straight start at right defensive end.

Also inactive are wide receiver Nate Burleson and cornerback Bill Bentley. Both were doubtful on Friday’s injury report.

Burleson is getting closer to a return after breaking his left forearm on Sept. 24. He has practiced on a limited basis for two weeks. He ran routes for the first time starting on Wednesday.

Bentley has not practiced since injuring his knee in the win over the Cowboys on Oct. 27.

Don Carey will start at nickel while Rashean Mathis will start at cornerback opposite Chris Houston. 

Running back Montell Owens was listed as out on Friday.

Running back Mikel Leshoure is active today, but wouldn't expect him to play much of a role on offense.

Rookie LaAdrian Waddle starts for second straight game at right tackle, as expected.

Other Lions’ inactives: Right tackle Corey Hilliard, offensive lineman Leroy Harris and quarterback Kellen Moore.

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