The Lions made a few roster moves this week—releasing LB Jamie Collins, claiming DL Eric Banks off waivers, and elevating Ryan Santoso as a COVID-19 replacement—and they enter this game with 52 players on the active roster, plus one elevated player, for a total 53 players to choose from for today’s game.
Additionally, because the Lions have eight offensive linemen active for today’s game, they are eligible to expand their game-day roster from 46 to 48 players.
Therefore, with 53 players available and 48 eligible to play, the Lions only need to declare five inactive for today’s matchup.
Here are those five players:
- EDGE Trey Flowers (shoulder/knee) - ruled out on Friday’s injury report
- RB Jermar Jefferson
- WR, Tom Kennedy
- DL Eric Banks
- DL Jashon Cornell
With Flowers out again, the Lions will most likely promote Charles Harris into the starting WILL linebacker role as they did last week. Harris filled in nicely as a replacement starter and he got some pass-rushing assistance from Austin Bryant and Julian Okwara, who also both had impressive games.
Jefferson will have to wait at least another week to make his rookie debut. Kennedy is out again, as other receivers with special teams roles are active. While both Banks and Cornell were just added to the roster this week and need more time to acclimate.
- QB Andy Dalton (knee) - was downgraded to doubtful on Saturday
- LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) - declared out on Friday due to injury
- S Tashaun Gipson (hamstring) - was doubtful heading into this game
- TE Jesper Horsted
- WR Breshad Perriman
Dalton was downgraded from questionable to doubtful on Saturday and the team announced that rookie QB Justin Fields would get the start. With QB Nick Foles also on the roster, there was not a need to keep Dalton active this week, and in turn, they can give him another week to rest his knee.
Last week, with safety Gipson out, the Bears moved Deon Bush into a starting role and the same is expected to happen this week.