The Detroit Lions declared their inactive ahead of a Week 6 game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.
The Lions made some roster changes this week, placing WR Quintez Cephus and NB / KR Corey Balentine on the injured reserve, rookie CB Mark Gilbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad, as well as the WR Geronimo Allison and NB Nickell Robey-Coleman rise from their practice squad for this game, bringing the active roster to 54 players.
Because the Lions have eight active offensive linemen for today’s game, they are eligible to expand their game day roster from 46 to 48 players.
Therefore, with 54 players available and 48 eligible to play, the Lions must declare six inactive for today’s game.
Here are those six players:
- WR Trinity Benson
- DL Eric Banks
- DL Jason Cornell
- EDGE Jesse Lemonier
- CB Mark Gilbert
- DB Daryl Worley
Jermar Jefferson is active for the first time this season and with the Lions hoping to control the play on the field, there is a chance he will see the field on offense in a handful of plays.
The Lions chose to keep just five active receivers today and in a somewhat surprising move, Trinity Benson is a healthy scratch, making Tom Kennedy and Geronimo Allison active for the first time this season. Benson has struggled recently, but everyone agrees the Lions remain optimistic about the receiver.
Banks has yet to see regular season action since the Lions claimed it on waivers. A healthy and deep defensive line certainly plays a role here.
Cornell has been back from suspension for three weeks now, but still hasn’t made it to the game day list. Even with Kevin Strong in the injured reserve, he’s still inactive and unable to break the spin at two depths.
Lemonier is the Lions’ fifth option on the EDGE, and while they prefer five during the week in practice, they still only kept four active on game day. He’s the odd man again with the rest of the healthy position group.
Gilbert has been with the squad for less than a week and surely is still getting used to the squad and the playbook. The rookie might have a few looks on the road, but unless there are injuries. in front of it on the depth map, it will likely be inactive for the next few weeks.
Worley has now been inactive for two weeks. Originally a corner, the Lions used it to be safe and it is fair to wonder if he is still adjusting to his new position.
- CB Tre Flowers
- BY Darius Hodge
- WR Mike Thomas
- DT Tyler Shelvin