With a huge divisional Thanksgiving matchup looming between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, here are the inactive players for both teams:
Inactive for #Lions: Houston, Spurlock, Moore, Leshoure, Hilliard, Harris and Austin. Slay will start at CB in place of Houston.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) November 28, 2013
#Packers inactive: QB Rodgers, WR Harper, OLB Palmer, ILB Lattimore, TE Bostick, DE Wilson, DE Worthy.
— Tom Oates (@TomOatesWSJ) November 28, 2013
It looks like we’re going to get the Matt Flynn rematch we all talked about, since Aaron Rodgers is indeed inactive.
But countering that is the fact that Chris Houston, the Lions’ top cornerback, is also out. That qualifies as a bit of a surprise, and you have to wonder whether this has really has to do with injury, or is it because of his awful performance in recent weeks.
If that’s the case, the Lions are taking a big risk throwing Darius Slay into the fire, because he hasn’t fared much better.
Apparently Jeremy Ross has made an impact as a return man, because Michael Spurlock is on the bench for this one as well. If Ross continues to perform reasonably well in the return game, it may spell the end for Spurlock in Detroit.
Other than that, there aren’t really a lot of surprises here. Rodgers was expected to be out for this game, despite the fact that he has returned to practice for the Packers.
The Lions have all of their main weapons available on offense, and they’ll need them to snap yet another losing streak that pre-dates the Jim Schwartz era.
All we can do now is watch, hope, and try to keep our food down.