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Detroit Lions Week 15 inactives: Lions starting offensive line WILL PLAY vs. Broncos

The Detroit Lions have announced their Week 15 inactives ahead of their game against the Denver Broncos

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The Detroit Lions have declared their inactives ahead of the Week 15 matchup with the Denver Broncos, and once again, they are very healthy for this game. In fact, the Lions are finally getting their starting offensive line together, for just the second time in the last two months. They’ll play a big role in helping the Lions execute their game plan tonight.

The Lions entered the week with a full 53-man roster and elevated EDGE Bruce Irvin and kicker Michael Badgley bringing Detroit’s game-day roster total up to 55 players.

Because the Lions have eight offensive linemen active for Sunday’s game, they are eligible to expand their game-day roster from 47 to 48 players. Therefore, with 55 players on the game-day roster and 48 eligible to play, the Lions need to declare seven players inactive for today’s matchup.

Lions inactives:

  • EDGE Charles Harris
  • EDGE Julian Okwara
  • WR Antoine Green
  • CB Steven Gilmore
  • CB Chase Lucas
  • LB Trevor Nowaske
  • K Riley Patterson

Harris and Okwara will be healthy scratches in favor of Irvin, who has been more impactful of late.

Lucas will sit again this week with Kindle Vildor’s role expanding into earning some starting reps.

“I thought (Vildor’s performance) was solid. He did some good things for us,” Coach Dan Campbell said earlier this week. “There are a few things that just getting up to speed with our terminology, how we do things that we’ve got to get him caught up a little bit more on, but all in all, I thought he was what we thought he would be. He’s competitive, he’s smart and he’s pretty crafty. So, yeah, I still see him and Jerry (Jacobs) kind of working in there a little bit together.”

For the fifth week in a row, a very healthy Lions roster squeezes out rookies Green and Gilmore, while Nowaske sits for the fourth time in five games.

Patterson’s missed extra point in Chicago last week—his second on the season—likely led to the elevation of Badgley and in turn a change at kicker... at least for this week.

Broncos inactives:

  • LB Nik Bonitto (knee) — ruled out Thursday
  • QB Ben Dinucci
  • TE Nate Adkins
  • C Alex Forsyth
  • DE Elijah Garcia
  • LB Ben Niemann
  • S JL Skinner

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