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Detroit — The Detroit Lions had ruled out just one player prior to Monday night's season-opener with the New York Jets, so the team's inactives list was going to include six healthy scratches.

Included in that group were two of Detroit's former second-round picks, defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson and running back Ameer Abdullah. 

For Abdullah, it was a numbers game. With four running backs and a fullback on the 53-man roster, odds are one will be inactive each week. Abdullah can return kicks, but otherwise shown a limited ability to contribute on special teams. 

Robinson comes as more of a surprise. A workhorse for the team last season, and touted as a natural fit for Matt Patricia's defensive scheme based on the system he previously in at Alabama, it hasn't clicked as expected for the third-year lineman.

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Robinson was pushed from his starting job early in training camp by veteran Ricky Jean Francois. With Robinson being inactive, it's expected rookie Da'Shawn Hand will play significant snaps. 

Also inactive for the Lions are wide receiver Brandon Powell, cornerback Dee Virgin, guard Joe Dahl, Romeo Okwara and Andrew Donnel. 

Donnel suffered a knee injury in practice this week and had been ruled out on Saturday, and Okwara and Virgin were both claimed off waivers last week. 

For the Jets, the team will be down two key contributors, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) and Marcus Maye (foot).

jdrogers@detroitnews.com

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