The Detroit Lions preseason comes to a conclusion tonight against the Buffalo Bills. It is a final chance to impress in a game setting as rosters will be cut down to the regular season limit of 53 from the current max of 75.
The Lions will have some tough choices to make at wide receiver. Even if they decide to keep six, that will leave someone capable of contributing to an NFL team out. That means there is no counting on the practice squad to keep a young player like Corey Fuller in the system if he doesn’t make the final 53.
Even for players essentially assured of a spot on the 53-man roster, starting jobs and playing time are up for grabs. This particularly true at right tackle where LaAdrian Waddle and Corey Hilliard have appeared to run neck and neck through training camp.
On the defensive side of the ball, Tahir Whitehead looks to follow up his fine performance last week with another good showing. With Kyle Van Noy out of action with an abdominal issue, Whitehead’s emergence in preseason play has him in position to start at outside linebacker in week one.
Here are all the details for tonight’s game.
Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills – 7:00 PM ET
Ralph Wilson Stadium – Orchard Park, NY
Local TV: WXYZ-TV ABC 7 (Detroit), WXMI-TV Fox 17 (Grand Rapids), WSYM-TV Fox 47 (Lansing), WNEM-TV CBS 5 (Flint, Saginaw, Bay City), WFQX-TV Fox 32 (Cadillac, Traverse City), WJMN-TV CBS 3 (Marquette) and WUPW-TV Fox 36 (Toledo)
National TV: None (NFL Network replay on 8/31 at 7 a.m. ET)
Radio: 97.1 FM in Detroit (click here for affiliates)
Live Stream: NFL Live
Favorite: Bills by 4.5
Game Time Weather: 66 deg F, Sunny
A minor side-story to tonight’s game is the Lions offense going up against the Bills defense, now under the direction of Jim Schwartz. Revenge, one way or the other, won’t be on the line tonight considering the two teams will meet again in the regular season.
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