Lions' depth in secondary vs. Packers will be tested

By Josh KatzensteinThe Detroit News

Allen Park — The Lions will rely on their fourth option at nickel cornerback in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

In addition to losing Bill Bentley (knee) and rookie Nevin Lawson (foot) to injured reserve already, cornerback Cassius Vaughn (ankle) will be out this Sunday.

Now, the Lions will likely have safety Don Carey, who's probable after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury, or Danny Gorrer, who joined the team Tuesday, handle slot cornerback duties.

"If the team needs me to do it, I'll do it," Carey said Friday of the possibility.

Right tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) will miss his second game in a row, and linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) is out, too. Safety James Ihedigbo (neck) and special teams ace Montell Owens (hamstring) are doubtful.

Ihedigbo hasn't been cleared to play in games since suffering a nerve injury in his neck in the second exhibition game. Isa Abdul-Quddus started in his place the first two games, but Carey could fill in there, too, now that he's back.

"I'm with these guys more than I'm with my family, so to see them out there giving all they can, day in and day out, and I can't contribute, it was hard for me," Carey said. "Now that I can be a part of that and contribute, I'm happy."

Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (knee), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (biceps) and defensive end George Johnson (groin) are all questionable. Running back Joique Bell (knee) is probable.

If Ansah or Johnson can't play, fourth-round pick Larry Webster will likely be active for the first time.

"If he's called upon to do so, he's a guy that has talent," coach Jim Caldwell said of Webster. "He's young and he's developing, but he does have power, does have speed and he's tenacious."

With Waddle out again, Garrett Reynolds is in line for his second straight start at right tackle, though undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas could play, too.

For the Packers, linebackers Brad Jones (quad) and Andy Mulumba (knee) are out. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and cornerback Casey Hayward (glute) are questionable, and defensive back Micah Hyde (knee) is probable.