Leshoure gets the start at Tennessee; Scheffler and Jackson inactive

Posted by ttwentyman on September 23, 2012 – 11:44 am

Running back Mikel Leshoure will get the start in his NFL debut today at Tennessee. The Lions will keep five running backs active in Leshoure, Kevin Smith, Keiland Williams, Stefan Logan and Joique Bell.

Lions tight end Tony Scheffler will not play today with that calf injury and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Will Heller. Scheffler didn’t practice all week and was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report.

A surprise healthy scratch is defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who was not included on this week’s injury report.

Also inactive today for the Lions are: safety Louis Delmas, quarterback Kellen Moore, offensive tackles Corey Hilliard and Jason Fox, and linebacker Travis Lewis.

With Scheffler out of the lineup, rookie receiver Ryan Broyles could potentially play a bigger role in the passing game, along with Heller. Broyles was on the active 46-man game roster against the 49ers last week, but did not get into the game.

Cornerbacks Chris Houston and Bill Bentley are both active and will start at cornerback. Both missed the 49ers game due to injury.

Cornerback Jacob Lacey, who showed up on Friday’s injury report with a toe injury, will play and is likely to be the nickel cornerback today.


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2 Responses to “Leshoure gets the start at Tennessee; Scheffler and Jackson inactive”

  1. By EricYoudes on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m am glad to here we have leshoure back. I think he will be a big plus for the running game. We need that. While we have a good passing game its good to have that running game that the Lions have needed for some time now. Its also good to see that houston and bentley are back. As for Broyles I think that could be a big plus too. I think the guy has some potential and today would be a good day to test that out. With the running game in good position to do something big today that will help set the momentum for the rest of the team. Now lets get back delmas. And Stafford. Your an awesome qb. Lets stay away from the picks man. Good luck today guys and As always Go lions.. FEEL THE ROAR….

  2. By UnknownWriter on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    While Stafford had a 103.1 passer rating, Hill came into the game and just smoked the rating scale. But that was the world’s worst play call on 4th and inches. Lions have all these weapons. But to call a QB sneak with a back-up QB on the field. Take the points on the chip FG and see what the defense can do. Augh! OR throw the ball to Megatron, Young, Burleson, Broyles, or Pettigrew. OR run the ball with our newly found 100 yard running back Leshoure or his back up study Bell. But to chance the game on a BACK-UP QB?

    Gratz Leshoure on the 100yard game. You earned it.

    It looks like Stafford is playing the loyal soldier and sticking with bad game plans. When Stafford is allowed to pass to Megatron, the Lion’s offense rocks. When he’s forced to spread the ball around, the Lion’s offense sputters at best. I feel bad that Stafford’s leg cramped up, but I think Hill should play a few games to get the Lion’s offensive coordinator (Scott Linehan) to simplify the offense and start using Calvin more often.

    I think Gunther Cunningham’s days are numbered in Detroit. Detroit has the best Defensive line in the NFL and Cunningham can’t figure out how to get this line to put up the numbers that they should be putting up.

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