With CB Chris Houston doubtful to play on Thanksgiving, expect rookie Darius Slay to start

Posted Nov 27, 2013

The Lions have listed Houston as doubtful to play on Thanksgiving with a foot injury and that means rookie Darius Slay is likely to make his third start of the season

It appears rookie Darius Slay is going to get another shot to be a starting cornerback.

Darius SlayCB Darius Slay (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

The Lions have listed starter Chris Houston as doubtful to play in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day matchup with Green Bay because of a foot injury he suffered Sunday against Tampa Bay. That means Slay is likely to get the start.

Slay began the season starting opposite Houston, but was replaced by veteran Rashean Mathis in Week 3 because of inconsistent play. Mathis has held onto the spot ever since.

"He stepped in and he’s played well at times for us this year since he’s been a backup player," head coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday of Slay. "He’s been an improving player. He’s worked really hard on the practice field and there has been a couple of snaps here or there where he has had to go in and play."

Slay told reporters on Tuesday he’s ready for an increased role and is excited for the opportunity of increased playing time. He’ll be facing the league’s fifth-ranked passing offense in Green Bay on Thanksgiving.

Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) and safeties Glover Quin (ankle) and Louis Delmas (knee) were limited in Wednesday’s walkthrough, but are listed as probable to play.

Johnson missed the first matchup with Green Bay in Week 5, a 22-9 victory for the Packers.

Defensive end Israel Idonije is also listed as probable.