- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jonte Green didn't see much defensive action this season. After starting five games as a rookie, after playing 15 games overall, Green was shuttled to special teams to start this season.
Until last Sunday. Starting cornerback Rashean Mathis went down. Then Detroit's other starting cornerback, Chris Houston, left the game with injury. Suddenly, Green was a cornerback on the field again with the Lions up big late but Chicago trying to make a push.
Nerves? A little.
"Yeah, you know, jitters first series," Green said. "But I’m into it. I’ve been playing this game since I’ve been 8 years old, it’s nothing new to me. Just go out there and do what I know how to do."
Green ended up playing 22 snaps on Sunday. He made two tackles and defended a pass. Depending on Houston's availability for Sunday -- he has missed the past two practices -- Green could be one snap away again from a spot in the defense. For him, it doesn't change what he prepares for, just what his actual role will be.
"I look at it as like I’m in practice, you know," Green said. "Just basically taking what I do in practice on the field. When my name is called, when I’m ready to get in there, I have to go in there and perform."
Now a look at the rest of the Lions news from the Interwebs:
Starting here, with a look at some numbers behind why Detroit is the best third-down defense in the NFL.
More from ESPN's coverage Thursday: Calvin Johnson mum on his injury status as we also continue to look at the Lions' losing streak to Green Bay on the road. Ric Flair and the Million Dollar Man are obvious topics when chatting with Dominic Raiola.
The guys from the Detroit Free Press look at the battle at right tackle between Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard.
Josh Katzenstein from the Detroit News writes about how tight end Brandon Pettigrew has a better understanding of his role.
Justin Rogers from MLive writes about how Calvin Johnson can embrace sharing the workload in Detroit now.