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Riley Reiff out for Lions; Cornelius Lucas to start

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Lions didn't have any injury news for which to be thankful before today's Turkey Day game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field.

Left tackle Riley Reiff will miss the game because of a left knee injury suffered last week against the New England Patriots. It is the first start Reiff will miss since taking over for Jeff Backus last season.

Undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas will make his first career start in place of Reiff and try to protect quarterback Matthew Stafford's blind side against a Bears team that has 27 sacks this season and seven in the past two games.

The Lions' struggling offensive line will get a bit of relief, though, as Chicago defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff and linebacker Lance Briggs are out. Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller — brother of Lions wide receiver Corey — is active despite a knee injury.

Lions running back Reggie Bush will miss his third straight game with a right ankle injury that's lingered since Week 5. Bush said he expected to play the last two games, but the Lions are exercising caution with the 29-year-old back.

With Bush out, Joique Bell will start again, but the bigger concerns are up front. In addition to Lucas, rookie third-round pick Travis Swanson will make his third straight start at right guard with Larry Warford (knee) out. Swanson has shown promise, and Lucas played adequately besides one sack and two penalties against the Patriots last week.

Lucas is left-handed, so left tackle is his more natural position. He appeared in six games earlier this season at right tackle with LaAdrian Waddle missing time with multiple injuries.

The only other starting lineup change for the Lions is C.J. Mosley at defensive tackle for Nick Fairley, who will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury.

Quarterback Kellen Moore, wide receiver Ryan Broyles and defensive end Larry Webster are also inactive for the Lions.

In addition to Ratliff and Briggs, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, linebacker Darryl Sharpton, offensive lineman Eben Britton, defensive end Trevor Scott and wide receiver Chris Williams are inactive for the Bears.

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