The Detroit Lions will be without six starters for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Earlier in the week, cornerback Justin Coleman and left guard Joe Dahl were both placed on injured reserve earlier this week. Four more players were listed as inactive prior to Sunday’s bout with the Packers: wide receiver Kenny Golladay, cornerback Desmond Trufant, right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai and defensive tackle Nick Williams
Golladay, the Lions’ leading receiver from 2019, has now missed two consecutive games. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Lions head coach Matt Patricia said Golladay is “really close” to returning, suggesting he may be ready to go next week.
The good news for Detroit is that cornerback Darryl Roberts—who was listed as questionable—will play, giving the Lions a little more depth in their secondary. Expect to see Roberts in the starting nickel role with Coleman sidelined at least for the next three games.
Joining Roberts is rookie corner Jeff Okudah, who will make his first ever NFL appearance on Sunday after sitting Week 1 with a hamstring injury. He’ll have his hands full with Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams.
A slight surprise on the inactive list is rookie Julian Okwara, who did not appear on the injury report this week. It appears he’s a healthy scratch as he slowly acclimates to NFL-level play.
For the Packers, starting right tackle Billy Turner is ACTIVE.
Here’s a look at each team’s Week 2 inactives for Sunday’s game:
TE Hunter Bryant
WR Kenny Golladay
CB Desmond Trufant
DT Nick Williams
CB Chris Jones
RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai
DE Julian Okwara
G Lane Taylor
DT Kenny Clark
LB Randy Ramsey
QB Jordan Love
CB Parry Nickerson
TE Josiah Deguara