Lions starting CB Houston out vs. Packers

DETROIT — Detroit Lions starting cornerback Chris Houston will not play on Thanksgiving against the Green Bay Packers because of a foot injury.

Houston, who has not practiced all week, was officially deemed inactive Thursday against the Packers, leaving the Lions with four healthy cornerbacks.

Rookie Darius Slay, who started the first two games of the season for Detroit before being replaced by Rashean Mathis, will likely get the start in Houston’s place.

“I’m ready,” Slay said this week. “Ain’t no second-guessing about me being a starter. If they tell me I’m going to be a starter, I’m going out there with the same mentality I got out there when I wasn’t.

“Go out there and compete and beat the guy in front of me.”

Detroit’s depth at cornerback for Thursday will be Bill Bentley, who is also the Lions’ nickel back, and Jonte Green.

While quarterback Aaron Rodgers is at least another week away from returning, the Packers got four other starters back for the Thanksgiving game against the Lions.

Right tackle Don Barclay, defensive tackle Johnny Jolly, linebacker Nick Perry and cornerback Sam Shields all were activated.

Barclay missed the last two games because of a knee injury. Perry has missed four of the past five games because of foot and ankle injuries, while Shields missed the last two because of a hamstring injury.

Jolly did not play in last Sunday’s game against the Vikings because of a groin injury.’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.

  • Previously covered University of Michigan for and
  • Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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