A short week is not coming at an ideal time for the Detroit Lions (as if it's ever ideal), as they deal with injuries to a lot of key players. But as they moved toward their Thursday night matchup against the Green Bay Packers in Week 4, the news has been broadly positive on the injury front just in time for an early but pivotal NFC North contest.
In particular on the good news front, left tackle Taylor Decker and running back David Montgomery have been listed as questionable and will reportedly play. However, the vibe from head coach Dan Campbell this week was not as good on safety Kerby Joseph (hip) and cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (knee/hamstring). Moseley will reportedly, and as expected, not play against the Packers as his Lions' debut looks likely to come in Week 5.
Fullback Jason Cabinda (knee), right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) and offensive tackle Matt Nelson (ankle) were declared out on Wednesday. Nelson is headed for IR, as Campbell said he needs surgery on his injured ankle. Tight end Darrell Daniels is set to be elevated from the practice squad to the active roster to take Cabinda's place/role.
To be fully updated when they are officially announced around 90 minutes before kickoff, here are the Detroit Lions' inactive players for Week 4 against the Packers.
Detroit Lions inactives list: Week 4 vs. Green Bay Packers
OG Halapoulivaati Vaitai
CB Emmanuel Moseley
S Kerby Joseph
FB Jason Cabinda
RB Zonovan Knight
DT Brodric Martin
Joseph will miss a second straight game after being injured in early in Week 2 against Seattle. Knight is a healthy scratch with Montgomery back, and Martin is a healthy scratch for the fourth time in as many games as he awaits making his NFL debut.
And on the other side, here are the Week 4 inactives for the Packers.
CB Jaire Alexander
LB De'Vondre Campbell
OG Elgton Jenkins
S Zayne Anderson
WR Malik Heath
LB Brenton Cox Jr.
S Anthony Johnson Jr.
Two offensive line starters, David Bakhtiari (IR) and Jenkins are out for the Packers. Alexander and Campbell are two of their best defensive players. Running back Aaron Jones and wide receiver Christian Watson are back. Watson will make his season debut.