C.J. Mosley to start against Raiders

August, 15, 2014
Aug 15
9:03
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Earlier this week, Jim Caldwell said not to read too much into C.J. Mosley playing with the Detroit Lions' first team defense in place of Nick Fairley.

Each day, though, it becomes more difficult to do.

Mosley is starting in place of Fairley on Friday night in Oakland, the team announced. George Johnson will also start in place of Jason Jones at defensive end. Jones has worked both on the inside and outside during training camp.

Mosley's start merely confirms what has been seen in practice this week: Fairley consistently playing with the second unit and Mosley lining up next to Ndamukong Suh. It'll be interesting to watch when and how long Fairley plays against the Oakland Raiders. At the very least, it is beyond obvious Fairley is not in favor with the coaches at this point.

Three players aren't going to play at all Friday: Receiver Calvin Johnson, defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and receiver TJ Jones. Ansah was ruled out by Caldwell earlier this week. Jones remains on the active physically unable to perform list. Johnson is sitting out to rest him as there is little reason to risk the team's best player to injury.

It would not be surprising to see Johnson play a little bit next Friday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, though, when the starters will likely go deeper into the game than last week against the Cleveland Browns or tonight against the Oakland Raiders.

In Johnson's place, Kris Durham will get the start.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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