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Allen Park — The Lions continue to battle through a few injuries, but the team is much better shape than this week's opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. 

The Lions listed five players as questionable for this weekend's game — offensive tackle Taylor Decker, linebacker Jarrad Davis, cornerback Rashaan Melvin, defensive tackle Da'Shawn Hand and safety C.J. Moore. 

Davis (ankle) and Hand (elbow) have yet to play this season, while Decker (back) missed last week's game against the Chargers. Melvin has been limited in practice throughout the season with a knee injury, but he's been able to play through it, to this point. 

For the Eagles, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive tackle Timothy Jernigan have already been ruled out, along with rotational running back Corey Clement. Additionally, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and tight end Dallas Goedert, two key pieces of the team's offense, are questionable. 

Personnel dept.

The Lions confirmed the death of Howard ‘Hopalong’ Cassady on Friday, a running back who played for the franchise's 1957 championship team. He was 85. 

The 1955 Heisman Trophy winner was selected with the third pick in the 1956 draft. Cassady spent seven seasons with the Lions (1956-61 and 1963). In 84 career games, he recorded 1,229 rushing yards, 1,601 receiving yards and 24 total touchdowns.

After retiring from football, Cassady spent more than 40 years working for the New York Yankees organization. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barb, and his three children.

jdrogers@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @Justin_Rogers

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