Lions OT Ola makes first start, CB Lawson available

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Michael Ola blocks against the Packers last week.

Detroit — The search for the Lions' best option at right tackle will continue Sunday with Michael Ola making his first start for the team.

Ola played the majority of the snaps last week after replacing LaAdrian Waddle, who is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders at Ford Field (1 p.m., CBS) despite not being listed on the injury report last week.

With Waddle a healthy scratch, Cornelius Lucas will be the backup tackle option after being a healthy scratch last week.

The Lions will have cornerback Nevin Lawson available after he passed the NFL's concussion protocol following his brain injury against the Packers last week. Lawson will start for the third straight game.

In addition to Waddle, wide receiver TJ Jones, safety Isaiah Johnson, offensive tackle Corey Robinson and defensive tackles Gabe Wright and Jermelle Cudjo are inactive for the Lions.

With Wright and Cudjo out, Khyri Thornton will make his debut for the Lions, and C.J. Wilson should play a significant role as a backup behind defensive tackles Haloti Ngata and Caraun Reid.

For the Raiders, cornerback Dexter McDonald, running back Roy Helu Jr., linebacker Neiron Ball, offensive lineman Matt McCants, wide receiver Rod Streater and tight ends Gabe Holmes and Lee Smith.