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Foxborough, Mass. — For the second week in a row, the Lions will be without starting running back Reggie Bush in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Bush has been dealing with a right ankle sprain since Week 5, and after practicing on a limited basis all week, the Lions decided to give him another game off. He'll likely return for the Week 13 game against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving.

Joique Bell will start for Bush, and Theo Riddick will likely have a receiving role once again. Bush has missed four games this season and has just 191 rushing yards in 2014.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew is active after missing last week's loss to the Arizona Cardinals and will start. With Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria healthy, Kellen Davis is inactive. It will be the first time the Lions' top three tight ends have played since Week 3.

Rookie Travis Swanson will start with right guard Larry Warford (knee) out. C.J. Mosley will start for defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee).

The Lions' other inactives are quarterback Kellen Moore, defensive end Larry Webster and wide receiver Ryan Broyles.

For the Patriots, defensive end Chandler Jones, defensive tackle Dominique Easley, cornerback Malcolm Butler, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, running back James White and offensive linemen Jordan Devey and Cameron Fleming are inactive.

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