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Lions rule Slay out, 4 starters questionable vs. Texans

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park -- The Detroit Lions have officially ruled Darius Slay out against the Houston Texans, while the team's other starting cornerback, Nevin Lawson, is one of four starters questionable for the contest.

CB Nevin Lawson - Lawson made major improvements in coverage in his first full season as a starter, breaking up nine throws while trimming penalties. He was hit with just five pass interference calls and one holding call. GRADE: B-

Lawson started the week healthy, but has been limited with a foot injury the past two days, potentially leaving the Lions precariously thin at cornerback. Johnson Bademosi will get the start for Slay. If Lawson can't go, the team could need to add depth on Saturday, either by promoting Alex Carter off the practice squad or signing a veteran familiar with the scheme, such as Crezdon Butler.

In addition to Lawson, the Lions ruled five other players -- tight end Eric Ebron (ankle/knee), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), offensive tackle Riley Reiff (illness), offensive tackle Corey Robinson (ankle) and Cole Wick (knee) -- questionable. Linebacker DeAndre Levy has been ruled out. He hasn't practiced since Week 1.

Conversely, the team will have a healthy backfield for the first time in a month. Both Dwayne Washington and Theo Riddick are not listed on the injury report and expected to make their returns to the lineup against Houston.