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Calvin Johnson is done playing football for the 2013 season.
Johnson, who earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection on Friday, is inactive because of the knee and ankle injuries that have hampered him for most the season.
Johnson finishes his seventh NFL season with 84 receptions for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games of work. He was also very limited in two other games (Cincinnati and N.Y Giants).
Kevin Ogletree will get the start in place of Johnson.
The Lions will also be without right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (ankle). He was ruled out on Friday’s injury report.
Jason Fox will make his third career start at right tackle in place of Waddle.
Detroit won't have the services of cornerbacks Bill Bentley (concussion), Jonte Green (shoulder) and Chris Houston (toe/illness), either. Bentley and Houston were were doubtful coming in and Green was questionable.
That means rookie Darius Slay will get his fourth start of the year in place of Houston. He’ll be playing in his first game since injuring a knee in practice following the Thanksgiving Day win over Green Bay that required arthroscopic knee surgery. He returned to practice for the first time this week.
Expect safety Don Carey to get work as the slot cornerback in place of Bentley.
Joining Johnson, Waddle, Green, Bentley and Houston on the inactive list are quarterback Kellen Moore and guard Dylan Gandy.