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Detroit Lions — Calvin Johnson, Eric Ebron out; Saints' Jimmy Graham active

DETROIT — Calvin Johnson will not play today against the Saints. The Detroit Lions wide receiver had been listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. This is the second straight game Johnson has missed with an ankle sprain.

The Lions’ offense will also be without tight end Eric Ebron who tweaked a hamstring in Wednesday’s practice and didn’t practice on Thursday and Friday. He was doubtful for the game.

Tight end Jordan Thompson was signed from the practice squad to fill in at tight end where Joe Fauria (ankle) remains out.

Brandon Pettigrew said Thompson, who will be playing in his first NFL game, is the smartest player in the tight ends room.

Linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) was placed on injured reserve on Saturday to make room on the roster to sign tight end Thompson.

Other inactives: Quarterback Kellen Moore, Theo Riddick (hamstring), Larry Webster and Garrett Reynolds. 

Saints tight end JImmy Graham (shoulder) is active. Inactives for the Saints: FB Erik Lorig, WR Joe Morgan, WR Nick Toon, DE Brandon Deaderick, LB Kyle Knox, LB Ramon Humber, and CB Patrick Robinson.

(Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Order her book,  “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’’ here. It’s also available at bookstores.)


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