The Lions only made a few roster moves this week, most notably, activating James Houston from injured reserve and releasing Julian Okwara. In addition, the Lions elevated fullback Jason Cabinda and defensive lineman Tyson Alualu from the practice squad, bringing Detroit’s game-day roster total up to 55 players.
Despite Houston being activated this week, the Lions still do not feel like he is ready to be a consistent contributor and he will be a scratch in this game. Until he proves on the practice field that he is ready to go, he will likely continue to miss games.
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.
- QB Hendon Hooker — designated as the team’s emergency quarterback
- WR Kalif Raymond (knee) — Ruled out on Friday
- DT Brodric Martin
- EDGE James Houston
- EDGE Charles Harris
- CB Steven Gilmore
- S Tracy Walker
Hooker will once again be the Lions emergency quarterback, meaning he will be inactive for today’s game unless both of Detroit’s other options at quarterback are lost due to injury. In that case, Hooker would be allowed to become active and could enter the game.
Raymond’s absence once again opens the door for Donovan Peoples-Jones, who stepped into the WR4 and punt returner role last week.
Like last week, the Lions are resting two of their six edge rushers (James Houston and Charles Harris), veteran safety Tracy Walker, as well as rookies Brodric Martin and Steven Gilmore.
- QB John Wolford
- RB Patrick Laird
- WR Rakim Jarrett
- OT Brandon Walton
- OT Silas Dzansi
- LB J.J. Russell
- OLB Markees Watts