Lions at full strength on DL for showdown with Packers

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Lions will be at full strength on the defensive line for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field at 1 p.m.

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley, and ends Ezekiel Ansah and George Johnson, are all active after being questionable for the pivotal NFC North game.

Garrett Reynolds will start at right tackle for the second straight game with LaAdrian Waddle (calf) out again. Isa Abdul-Quddus will start at strong safety with James Ihedigbo (neck) still sidelined.

The other inactives for the Lions are cornerback Cassius Vaughn, special teams ace Montell Owens, linebacker Travis Lewis, wide receiver Ryan Broyles and quarterback Kellen Moore.

The Lions promoted linebacker Julian Stanford this week to fill Lewis' role on special teams, but questions remain about how they will deploy their defensive backs.

With Abdul-Quddus starting at strong safety, the Lions could use safety Don Carey as the nickel cornerback with Vaughn out. Carey missed the first two games with a hamstring injury.

If it's not Carey, cornerback Danny Gorrer, whom the Lions signed Tuesday, will handle slot duties.

The Lions also promoted 6-foot-2 cornerback Mohammed Seisay from the practice squad to provide more depth behind outside cornerbacks Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay.

For the Packers, starting middle linebacker Brad Jones is out. Jamari Lattimore will start in his place. Quarterback Scott Tolzien, cornerback Demetri Goodson, linebacker Carl Bradford, defensive tackle Mike Pennel and wide receiver Jeff Janis (Saginaw Valley State) are also inactive.

The Packers also placed linebacker Andy Mulumba on injured reserve this week and did not fill his roster spot, so they have just six inactives.