This week, the Lions placed three players on injured reserve (Ifeatu Melifonwu, Tyrell Williams, and Kevin Strong), one on reserve/COVID-19 (Austin Seibert), made two signings (Daryl Worley and Josh Woods), and one roster elevation (Ryan Santoso). That means the current Lions roster sits at 52 players, one short of the maximum.
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 52 players on the roster and 48 eligible to play, the Lions only need to declare four inactive for today’s matchup.
Here are those four players:
- Jamie Collins (8) - ruled out as the Lions are seeking a trade
- Trey Flowers (Shoulder/Knee)
- RB Jermar Jefferson
- WR Tom Kennedy
The Lions continue to seek a trade for Collins and rookie Derrick Barnes or Jalen Reeves-Maybin looks to be in line to start this week.
Losing Flowers is a big blow but the Lions have kept five EDGE rushers on the roster all season, so they will be able to roll four through today’s game. Expect Romeo Okwara to start, and the reserves to rotate through the other spot, potentially with veteran Charles Harris as the starter and Julian Okwara and Austin Bryant coming off the bench.
Jefferson has been inactive every game this season as the Lions have relied on a two-headed running back attack and Godwin Igwebuike remains the team’s starting kick returner. Kennedy is a victim of a numbers game, as the Lions opted to keep only five receivers and his special teams role remains undefined.
- LT Ronnie Stanley (Ankle) - ruled out Friday
- DE Derek Wolfe (Hip/Back) - ruled out Friday
- S Ar’Darius Washington
Like the Lions, the Ravens are operating under capacity on their active roster, as they only have 51 players currently active and needed to declare three players inactive.