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‘Monday Night Football inactives: Slay, Riddick out for Lions; Cowboys not sitting starters

The Lions won’t be getting any help from resting starters in Dallas.

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The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys face off in just over an hour to put a cap on Week 16 of the 2016 NFL season. All eyes have been on the Cowboys this week and their plans for their lineup. Having clinched the one-seed in the NFC, many believed the Cowboys should rest their starters to avoid a devastating injury, like the one Derek Carr had over the weekend.

But if the Cowboys’ inactive list is any sign, the Cowboys will not be taking any precautions. Not only are Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott active and expected to start, but players like Dez Bryant and Sean Lee, who were listed as questionable on Saturday, are also expected to play.

On the Lions’ side, there weren’t any real surprises. Darius Slay and Theo Riddick, both listed as doubtful, are not active and will miss the game against the Cowboys. Instead, the Lions will rely upon Alex Carter, who is expected to play in his first career NFL game tonight.

One interesting note is Joique Bell as a healthy scratch. That leaves just Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner as Detroit’s two healthy tailbacks. We’ll see if that was too risky of a decision tonight.

Here’s a list of the entire inactives for each team:

Detroit Lions inactives:

C Travis Swanson
CB Darius Slay
RB Theo Riddick
T Cornelius Lucas
QB Jake Rudock
RB Joique Bell
DT Khyri Thornton

Dallas Cowboys inactives:

QB Mark Sanchez
CB Morris Claiborne
RB Alfred Morris
LB Justin Durant
DE DeMarcus Lawrence
DT Cedric Thornton
DE Tyrone Crawford.

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