Detroit — The Detroit Lions will have to face of the challenge of one of the NFL's best pass rushes without the team's starting left tackle. Taylor Decker is out for Sunday's home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers with the back injury that plagued him throughout the week of practice.
Also inactive for the Lions are linebacker Jarrad Davis, defensive tackle Da'Shawn Hand, guard Beau Benzschawel, cornerback Amani Oruwariye, wide receiver Travis Fulgham and quarterback David Blough.
Along with Decker, Davis (ankle) and Hand (elbow) had been listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.
The absence of Decker is the one likely to be felt the most. The Chargers come to town with the lethal edge rushing tandem of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, who each recorded a sack in the Chargers' season opener a week ago.
It's expected Tyrell Crosby, the second-year pro out of Oregon, will replace Decker in the starting lineup. Versatile veteran Kenny Wiggins should serve at the top backup.
Davis and Hand miss the second straight game to start the season while continuing to recover from preseason injuries.
As for the Chargers, they'll be without starting kicker Michael Badgley for another week, as well as tight end Hunter Henry, who was diagnosed with a tibia plateau fracture on his left leg earlier this week.
Chargers receiver Mike Williams (knee) and linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) are both active. They had been listed as questionable coming into Sunday.