The Detroit Lions knew they were going to be without defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and tight end Michael Roberts today in Dallas vs. the Cowboys. The question was whether they were going to have the services of wide receiver Golden Tate (hip) and linebacker Jarrad Davis (knee), who both showed up on the injury report Friday and were listed as questionable to play coming in.
The good news for the Lions is that both Tate and Davis are active.
Tate leads the Lions in receptions (20) and yards (257) this season, and also has a touchdown. Dallas' pass defense is ranked fourth in the NFL (182.7 ypg), which makes Tate's active status a big plus for the Lions.
Davis leads Detroit in solo tackles (12), and is tied for the team lead in total tackles with 15. Davis will likely play a big role in trying to slow down Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and a potent Cowboys rushing attack that's the sixth best in the league.
Ansah hasn't played since injuring his shoulder in the second quarter of Detroit's season-opening loss to the Jets. Roberts will miss his second straight contest.
Joining Ansah and Roberts on the inactive list are: Running back Ameer Abdullah, cornerback DeShawn Shead, defensive end Kerry Hyder Jr., guard Joe Dahl and wide receiver Brandon Powell.