No surprises among Lions inactives vs. Packers today

Another look for Detroit’s offensive line

DETROIT — Another game, another look on the offensive line for the Lions.

Center Travis Swanson was placed on injured reserve with a concussion on Friday.

So it appears the starters will be: Left tackle Taylor Decker, left guard Joe Dahl, center Graham Glasgow, right guard T.J. Lang and right tackle Rick Wagner.

The Lions (8-7) face the Green Bay Packers (7-8) at 1 p.m. at Ford Field. If the Lions win they would sweep the Packers and own a 5-1 record in the NFC North. Neither team will be in the playoffs.

It could be coach Jim Caldwell’s final game with the Lions after four seasons. No word from general manager Bob Quinn on his status.

Defensive end Anthony Zettel (groin) is in after he was listed as questionable in Friday’s report. He was limited in practice on Friday, after he had full practices on Wednesday and Thursday.

Cornerback Nevin Lawson (concussion) was ruled out on Friday.

Jack Billingsley was signed to the 53-man roster, but is inactive. He filled the spot created after Decker was placed on injured reserve.

Other Lions’ inactives: Running back Dwayne Washington, running back Zach Zenner, tackle Brian Mihalik, tight end Michael Roberts and defensive tackle Rodney Coe.

Packers inactives: WR Davante Adams, CB Damarious Randall, G Jahri Evans, RB Aaron Jones, WR Jordy Nelson, LB Chris Odom and TE Richard Rodgers.


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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