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Lions get Warford back, backfield shorthanded again

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
For the second straight week, Zach Zenner will serve as the lead back.

Detroit -- For the third straight week, the Detroit Lions will head into a game with just two healthy running backs. The team announced rookie Dwayne Washington is inactive shortly before kickoff against Washington.

Also inactive for the Lions are running back Theo Riddick, cornerback Adairius Barnes, linebacker DeAndre Levy, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, tight end Eric Ebron and offensive tackle Corey Robinson. All but Barnes were ruled out Friday.

With Washington (ankle) and Riddick (ankle) sidelined, the Lions will lean on the backfield tandem of Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett. Zenner served as the lead back during last weekend's victory over the Los Angeles Rams, carrying the ball 14 times for 58 yards. But with a second full week of practice with the team, Forsett could play a larger role Sunday.

Returning to the lineup for the Lions is guard Larry Warford (hip/groin). He sat out against the Rams.

Washington will be without tight end Jordan Reed, who was ruled out Friday. He'll be replaced in the lineup by former first-round pick Vernon Davis. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was questionable, is active.

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