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Darius Slay (hamstring) expected to play vs. Oakland Raiders

The Lions should have one key piece back this week.

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We already know the Detroit Lions will be without starting right guard Graham Glasgow and defensive tackle Mike Daniels on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. However, the status of Darius Slay is still technically up in the air.

Slay missed last week with a nagging hamstring injury, but he returned to practice this week and was even a full participant on Friday. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Lions are expecting Slay to play this week:

Slay was the source of many trade rumors at the deadline and even told reporters he didn’t really care if he were to get shipped. But the deadline passed without any moves—the Lions were reportedly asking for a lot in return—and Slay will finish out the season as a Lion.

His return comes at a good time as Derek Carr and the Raiders have one of the best passing attacks in the league. While they don’t feature a deep ball game, Carr is having a career year—completing a league-high 72.1 percent of his passes and has a 103.6 passer rating through eight weeks (seventh).

Slay was listed as questionable for this week along with Tra Carson (already moved to IR), Glasgow (downgraded to out), Damon Harrison Sr., Amani Oruwariye and A’Shawn Robinson.