Detroit – Detroit Lions rookie tight end Michael Roberts was unexpectedly inactive, and absent from the sideline, for the team’s season finale against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
After the game, Lions coach Jim Caldwell acknowledged Roberts was scratched for conduct detrimental to the team. He reportedly he missed a mandatory team meeting on Saturday.
Roberts had appeared in all 15 games this season and had played 45 offensive snaps the past two weeks.
Also inactive for Detroit for the season finale were cornerback Nevin Lawson (concussion), wide receiver Jace Billingsley, running backs Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington, offensive tackle Brian Mihalik and defensive tackle Rodney Coe.
Guard T.J. Lang (foot), defensive end Anthony Zettel (groin) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (illness) were all active. All three were listed as questionable coming into the contest.