It Detroit Lions and the New York Jets have announced their inactives ahead of their Week 15 matchup, and the Lions get a big break while the Jets suffer another big loss.
Lions edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson was listed midweek with an injury related illness, but he was able to get in some limited work on Friday and is ready to go on Sunday. Jets All-Pro defensive tackle Quinnen Williams suffered a calf injury in last week’s game, and despite not practicing all week, the Jets hoped he would be able to play. Those hopes would remain unfulfilled, as Williams is unable to play against the Lions.
The Lions made a few roster moves this week, activating running back Craig Reynolds from injured reserve and waiving wide receiver Tom Kennedy in a corresponding move. Additionally, the Lions released linebacker Jarrad Davis and running back Josh Dobbs from the practice squad for this game, bringing the game day roster to 55 players.
Because the Lions have eight offensive linemen active for Sunday’s game, they can expand their game day eligibility roster from 46 to 48 players. Therefore, with 55 players on the active roster and 48 available to play, the Lions must declare. seven inactive for today’s match.
Reynolds was activated for this game, but as we’ve seen in the past, the Lions aren’t always quick to throw their freshman back into the mix too quickly. He was also likely providing coverage for Justin Jackson, who was on the injury report due to an illness but appears ready to go.
With 10 offensive linemen on the active roster, only needing to keep eight active to get the bonus, and only Avosika ruled out with an injury, they had to pick another healthy lineman to sit idle, and this week it was Ross Pirschbacher.
Brockers, usually a healthy scratch on game days, was sick this week and left home at Allen Park to recuperate.
The Lions were two deep on the edge, and with running back specialist James Houston moving into the mix, the Lions opted to keep Bryant a healthy scratch for the second straight week.
Barnes has been sidelined for the last two weeks, and his workload has been spread over Malcolm Rodriguez, Chris Board and Jarrad Davis. Expect the same today.
Dobbs, who was elevated in this game, was probably an insurance option the team didn’t need.