New Orleans — Despite having five starters listed as questionable, the Lions will have their top players available for Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), tight end Eric Ebron (illness), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (neck), right tackle Michael Ola (knee) and safety Glover Quin (ankle) are all active for the game despite being limited in some way during practice last week.
Even though Ebron is available, the Lions have three tight ends active as they try to replace Brandon Pettigrew, who went on injured reserve with a knee injury last week. Behind Ebron, Tim Wright is available as a pass-catching option while newly-signed Bear Pascoe can provide help as a blocker.
With an extra tight end active, running back George Winn was the biggest surprise on the inactive list as he’s a reliable special teams player. Wide receiver Corey Fuller is inactive for just the second time this year as the Lions will use TJ Jones as their fourth receiver.
Cornerback Bill Bentley, center Gabe Ikard, offensive tackle Corey Robinson and defensive tackles Gabe Wright and Jermelle Cudjo are also healthy scratches for the Lions.
For the Saints, wide receiver T.J. Graham, quarterback Garrett Grayson, cornerback Tony Carter, fullback Toben Opurum, linebacker David Hawthorne, defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls and offensive guard Mike McGlynn are inactive.