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Lions Notes: Shaun Hill To Start On Thanksgiving

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  • Shaun Hill will start for the Lions on Thanksgiving against the Patriots. It will be his third consecutive start for the Lions. Earlier in the season, he started in five straight games.
  • The Lions only had a walkthrough on Monday, so we won't know more about their injury situation until Tuesday's practice. Even so, the early word on Jahvid Best, Tony Scheffler and Corey Williams is that all three could be out on Thursday since there is such a quick turnaround. That would be really bad news for the Lions, as playing the Patriots is going to be tough enough without the added stress of injuries.
  • Best was unable to do much of anything on Sunday against the Cowboys because he is dealing with turf toe injuries on both feet. The lingering ailment made him ineffective, and at this point it may be a good idea to just shut him down for a few games and let him heal. I personally would be surprised if he plays on Thursday, as it just makes sense to give him some time off. There's no point in playing him if you're only going to further aggravate the injury and if he isn't going to be able to do much of anything on the field, so I would sit him.
  • On a more positive note, it looks like Cliff Avril and Jason Hanson could return on Thursday. There are no guarantees, but it's looking like they may be able to come back against New England.
  • Interesting stat from SeatGeek.com: Tickets to Thursday's game between the Lions and Patriots are 216% of the average ticket price to the home games the Lions have already had this season. This is the biggest jump of the three games on Thanksgiving. (The other two are New Orleans at Dallas and Cincinnati at the NY Jets.)
  • Quick note on today's POD Podcast ... It will be up sometime later today, and this week it will serve as both the recap of the Cowboys game and preview of the Patriots game since there is a quick turnaround.