Key Detroit Lions Players Inactive for Divisional Round Playoff Against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detroit, Michigan – The Detroit Lions have announced their list of inactive players for their Divisional round playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the highly anticipated matchup just around the corner, the Lions are making a few key roster moves to prepare for the game.

One notable move by the Lions is the activation of James Houston from injured reserve, while Julian Okwara has been released. Additionally, the Lions have elevated fullback Jason Cabinda and defensive lineman Tyson Alualu from the practice squad, bringing the game-day roster total to 55 players. However, despite Houston’s activation, the Lions believe he is not yet ready to make a consistent contribution and will not be playing in this game.

Due to having eight offensive linemen active for the game, the Lions are able to expand their game-day roster from 47 to 48 players. This means that seven players need to be declared inactive for the matchup.

In the Lions’ list of inactives, quarterback Hendon Hooker has been designated as the team’s emergency quarterback. Wide receiver Kalif Raymond, who was ruled out on Friday due to a knee injury, will also be inactive for the game. Alongside them, defensive tackle Brodric Martin, edge rushers James Houston and Charles Harris, cornerback Steven Gilmore, and safety Tracy Walker will all be sitting out.

Hooker’s role as the emergency quarterback means that he will only become active if both of Detroit’s other quarterback options are injured. Raymond’s absence opens the opportunity for Donovan Peoples-Jones to step into the WR4 and punt returner role once again.

The Lions’ decision to rest two of their six edge rushers, as well as veteran safety Tracy Walker and rookies Brodric Martin and Steven Gilmore, aligns with their strategy from the previous week.

On the other side of the field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have also announced their list of inactives. Quarterback John Wolford, running back Patrick Laird, wide receiver Rakim Jarrett, offensive tackles Brandon Walton and Silas Dzansi, as well as linebackers J.J. Russell and Markees Watts will be sitting out the game.

As both teams finalize their rosters and prepare for the highly anticipated Divisional round playoff game, football fans are eagerly awaiting the showdown between the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.