WR Jeremy Ross is expected to take over return duties. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)
The Lions will have Riley Reiff and Jason Fox available for today’s game vs. Dallas.
Reiff will assume his starting left tackle spot, but Fox will play the reserve tackle role as undrafted rookie LaAdrian Waddle will make his first career start at right tackle.
Waddle played well at both left and right tackle last week in relief and Lions coaches were impressed with the performance.
Reiff injured his hamstring in the first half last week in a loss to Cincinnati. He re-entered the game in the second half when the Lions lost Corey Hilliard to a knee injury. Reiff was limited in practice all week.
Fox hasn’t played since injuring his knee Oct. 6 in Green Bay. He returned to the practice field for the first time this week and was limited.
Barry Richardson, who the team signed as a free agent this week, will also be active. The team will have four tackles active.
The team has also made a change at the returner positions, announcing Micheal Spurlock is inactive. Jeremy Ross, who was brought up from the practice squad before last week’s game, is expected to take over those duties.
Ross had a 10.0 average per punt return and a 12.5 average on kickoffs in three games with Green Bay earlier this year.
Cornerback Chris Houston will start at cornerback. There was some question if he’d hang onto his starting spot after being replaced last week vs. Cincinnati.
Houston has been one the most picked on cornerbacks in the early part of the season and has struggled in his last three games vs. Green Bay, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
Joining Hilliard and Spurlock on the inactive list are: receiver Nate Burleson, quarterback Kellen Moore, running back Mikel Leshoure, cornerback Jonte Green and guard Leroy Harris.
Leshoure goes back to the inactive list with rookie Theo Riddick back from his concussion. Riddick, who has a big role on special teams, hasn’t played since Green Bay.