Lions without 3 starters on O-line in must-win game at Bengals; complete info on inactives for both teams

Running backs Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington are inactive

OK, it’s musical chairs time again on the Lions offensive line as they play a must-win game today against the Bengals at Cincinnati.

It’s the 10th different configuration for the Lions’ offensive line in their 15th game, all due to injuries.

Three typical starters are out.

Center Travis Swanson will miss his second straight game with a concussion. He was declared out on Friday.

Right guard T.J. Lang (foot) will not play after being listed as doubtful on Friday.

Right tackle Rick Wagner (ankle) was questionable and indeed will be inactive.

Once again, Graham Glasgow will start at center with Joe Dahl expected to go at left guard just like he did last week. We’ll have to see who will start at right tackle and right guard.

Seriously the Lions are running out of healthy offensive linemen. Tackle Brian Mihalik is active but missed practice all week with an illness. Healthy linemen are Corey Robinson, Don Barclay and Emmett Cleary.

Other Lions inactives: defensive tackle Rodney Coe, wide receiver Bradley Marquez, along with running backs Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington.

Bengals inactives: WR Cody Core, DB KeiVarae Russell, RB Jarveon Williams, DT Josh Tupou, OL Cedric Ogbuehi, OL Justin Murray and DT Andrew Billings.


Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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