Lang Activated Despite Ankle

T.J. Lang (Leon Halip/Getty)

The Packers take a calculated risk with only four defensive linemen on the roster tonight. The Lions, meanwhile, will play without safety Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Corey Williams.

T.J. Lang is active and is listed as the starting right tackle for the Green Bay Packers tonight against Detroit.

The Packers' seven-man inactive list was fairly obvious throughout the week: defensive back Charles Woodson (collarbone), running back James Starks (knee), outside linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), inside linebacker Terrell Manning (shoulder), receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), defensive end Mike Neal (shoulder) and defense end C.J. Wilson (knee).

The surprise is the Packers are going into tonight's game with just four defensive linemen and left Jordan Miller on the practice squad. If the Lions run their typical, pass-first offense, going with four defensive linemen isn't a problem because defensive coordinator Dom Capers will run his nickel and dime packages most of the night and would need only two defensive linemen per snap.

However, on a snowy, chilly night, the potential of a bad field and the Lions' depleted receiver corps, Lions coach Jim Schwartz could test the Packers with a run-heavy attack in an effort to wear down the Packers' depleted front. Mikel Leshoure (6-0, 230) ran 19 times for 84 yards in the first meeting and is among the league leaders with seven rushing touchdowns.

For the Lions, safety Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Corey Williams are inactive. Delmas, who's battled knee problems all season, played in a part-time role the last two weeks. He's their best player on the defensive back seven. Williams has two sacks and helps keep Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley fresh.


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