The Detroit Lions have officially ruled out six players -- three on offense and three on defense -- for tomorrow's game against the New England Patriots. Here's a rundown of the players who won't play and why:
- Running back Jahvid Best (despite returning to practice after dealing with a concussion, the Lions are keeping him out for precautionary reasons)
- Running back Maurice Morris (he also returned to practice after missing most of camp with a broken hand, but the Lions are keeping him out as well)
- Offensive tackle Jason Fox (still recovering from a broken foot)
- Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (missed practice all week because of a shoulder injury)
- Defensive tackle Nick Fairley (still recovering from a broken foot)
- Cornerback Alphonso Smith (still recovering from a broken foot and is still on the active/non-football injury list)
It's possible other players could miss tomorrow's game after being ruled out closer to kickoff. Last week, for example, wide receiver Calvin Johnson was a late scratch after the Lions decided to keep him out because of his sore shoulder.