Lions' Johnson, Slay will play; Sanchez starts for Eagles

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Erin Andrews and the Fox crew had their game faces on Thursday at Ford Field.

Detroit — Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and cornerback Darius Slay will play in the team’s Thanksgiving matchup against the Eagles at Ford Field (12:30 p.m., FOX) despite dealing with injuries this week.

Johnson (ankle) and Slay (neck) were both listed as questionable after a short week of practice, but the Lions will be the healthy team they appeared to be after avoiding serious injuries in last Sunday’s win over the Raiders.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia will have Mark Sanchez starting at quarterback with Sam Bradford (shoulder) inactive.

The Eagles will have their starting offensive line available, though, as left tackle Jason Peters (back) are center Jason Kelce (knee) are active despite being questionable.

The Lions actually have the same list of inactive players Thursday as they did last Sunday. Wide receiver TJ Jones, safety Isaiah Johnson, tight end Tim Wright, offensive tackles LaAdrian Waddle and Corey Robinson and defensive tackles Gabe Wright and Jermelle Cudjo will all sit for the second straight game.

With Waddle a healthy scratch, Michael Ola will make his second straight start at right tackle for the Lions.

For the Eagles, running back Ryan Mathews, tight end Zach Ertz, wide receiver Jonathan Krause, cornerback Denzel Rice, offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson and defensive end Brandon Bair are inactive in addition to Bradford.