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Detroit — The Lions will be without two of their top playmakers for Sunday's game against New Orleans, but the Saints will have their top weapon available.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and tight end Eric Ebron (hamstring) are both inactive for the Lions, but tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is active for the game at Ford Field.

Johnson also missed last week's game against the Minnesota Vikings and didn't practice this week as he tried to recover from a high-ankle sprain that's bothered him since Week 3.

Ebron aggravated his injury in practice Wednesday and didn't participate Thursday or Friday. With Ebron and Joseph Fauria (ankle) inactive, the Lions promoted Jordon Thompson from the practice squad Saturday, and he and Brandon Pettigrew should play significant roles Sunday.

Graham suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5, but the idle week helped his recovery as reports last week said he would miss the next two or three games. Even though Graham is active, he could be limited to a red-zone role.

Running back Theo Riddick, quarterback Kellen Moore, offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds and defensive end Larry Webster are also inactive for the Lions.

For the Saints, cornerback Patrick Robinson, fullback Erik Lorig, nose tackle Brandon Deaderick, wide receivers Nick Toon and Joe Morgan and linebackers Kyle Knox and Ramon Humber are inactive.

New Orleans running back Mark Ingram is active for the first time since Week 2.

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