Lions vs. Patriots: Louis Delmas in, Calvin Johnson out

Leon Halip

There is some interesting injury news for the Detroit Lions' game against the New England Patriots.

The Detroit Lions will once again be without wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Thursday night when they take on the New England Patriots, but safety Louis Delmas is set to make his preseason debut. That's right -- Johnson is out because of a knee contusion and Delmas finally appears ready to get on the field during an actual game.

In addition to Johnson, the Lions will be without quarterback Shaun Hill, tight end Matt Veldman, defensive tackle John Drew and cornerback Ross Weaver on Thursday night. This means Kellen Moore and Thaddeus Lewis should get an extended look after Matthew Stafford leaves the game.

In non-injury news, the Lions have made some changes to their starting lineup:

I have a feeling those moves will become permanent. The Lions have been steadily getting Larry Warford ready to become the starting right guard, and Darius Slay has already really taken over the starting spot at right cornerback. Poor performances could obviously change the Lions' plans, but I'd be surprised if these two rookies aren't starting when the regular season opens.

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