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Lions Week 12 inactives: D’Andre Swift OUT, Amani Oruwariye IN vs. Texans

Detroit will be without several of their best players, but they may have their best cornerback.

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The Detroit Lions will be without starters all over their lineup on Thursday for their Thanksgiving Day game against the Houston Texans. In addition to Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola, Jeff Okudah, Trey Flowers, and Da’Shawn Hand—all of whom were declared out before gameday—the Lions will also be missing second-round rookie running back D’Andre Swift

Swift’s injury is devastating to a team that can ill afford it. Swift was just breaking out as the Lions’ best weapon on offense before suffering a concussion. Last week the Lions had to play without Swift, Amendola and Golladay, and we all know what happened next.

Defensively, the good news is that starting cornerback Amani Oruwariye is ACTIVE. That’s no guarantee that he plays after popping up on the injury report Wednesday with a back injury—especially considering their inactive list is already full with injured players—but it gives Detroit a shot to have another valuable body in their secondary. Oruwariye has been Detroit’s best cornerback this year, and the position is currently decimated by injury with only Desmond Trufant, slot corner Justin Coleman and special teamer Dee Virgin being the other three healthy corners.

Here’s a look at the team’s full inactive list:

CB Mike Ford
DL Da’Shawn Hand
CB Jeff Okudah
WR Kenny Golladay
WR Danny Amendola
DE Austin Bryant
RB D’Andre Swift

And here’s a look at the Texans’ list:

QB Josh McCown
WR Kenny Stills
FB Cullen Gillaspia
OT Charlie Heck
WR Isaiah Coulter
DE Nate Orchard