Detroit does have some good news on the injury front, however. The Lions get leading tackler safety Tracy Walker back after he’s missed the last two games with a knee injury. Walker has recorded at least five tackles in every game he’s played this season and leads Detroit with 56 tackles, despite missing those two games.
Detroit also ruled out defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (ankle) and right tackle Rick Wagner (concussion) on Friday. I expect second-year lineman Tyrell Crosby to start at right tackle in place of Wagner.
“It’s a really important role,” Lions head coach Matt Patricia said this week of Crosby and the swing tackle role. “It’s a really, kind of, just unique sort of skill set to have. I think Crosby, he’s done a good job with it. He’s been ready to go on either side, which is important.”
Crosby started at left tackle Week 2 in place of Taylor Decker and played well in that Lions win.
After suffering a concussion last week in Chicago, rookie running back Ty Johnson was cleared from concussion protocol Saturday and is active today. The Lions also activated running back Bo Scarbrough from the practice squad and he’s active today too.
Defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. (groin) and punter Sam Martin (abdomen) were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, but both are active. That’s not the case for defensive end Romeo Okwara (groin), however. Like Harrison and Martin, he was also questionable coming in, but is inactive today.
Joining Stafford, Hand, Wagner and Okwara on today’s inactive list for the Lions are: Guard Beau Benzschawel, tackle Dan Skipper and cornerback Michael Jackson.