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Lions snap counts: Injuries take toll on offensive line

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

The Lions offensive line continues to be in shambles because of injuries. The right side has been decimated by injuries to guard Larry Warford (knee) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf) in recent weeks.

Now, the left side is crumbling, with the loss of tackle Riley Reiff, suffered a left knee injury on the first snap of the game. Reiff has been a stalwart at left tackle, playing 43 straight games overall and starting every game since the start of last season.

A short turnaround this week, with Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears, puts that streak in doubt. Cornelius Lucas, who played right tackle when Waddle was out, replaced Reiff and played the other 79 snaps.

If Reiff is out Thursday, it could mean some shuffling along the line, with Waddle possibly moving to the left side and keeping Lucas on the right.

Rookie third-round pick Travis Swanson replaced Warford, who has missed the last two games and played all of the snaps, along with the other regulars, left guard Rob Sims and center Dominic Raiola along the line Sunday.

Other notable snap counts

Receiver: Golden Tate 72 (of 80), Calvin Johnson 64, Jeremy Ross 58, Corey Fuller 25.

Analysis: Tate got back into the flow of the offense after only two targets last week. Against the Patriots, he had four catches on 11 targets for 97 yards. Johnson added four catches on 10 targets for 58 yards. Ross was used a bit more, with five targets and three catches for 35 yards. Fuller and Ross looked to drop sure touchdowns.

Tight end: Eric Ebron 44, Brandon Pettigrew 33, Joseph Fauria 14.

Analysis: The Lions finally had their three regulars back and Kellen Davis was inactive. Ebron was targeted seven times and had two catches for 23 yards, but had a couple of drops. Fauria had two targets but no catches. Pettigrew was in on 41 percent of the plays but the running game wasn't much better this week.

Safety: Glover Quin 78 (of 78), James Ihedigbo 78, Isa Abdul-Quddus 36.

Analysis: Against the tight-end-heavy Patriots, Quddus got a longer look, protecting against Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright in the middle of the field. Ihedigbo had an interception and Quin was steady as well.