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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thanksgiving Feast: James Starks active

By Kevin Seifert

DETROIT -- Green Bay Packers running back James Starks credited his bowed legs for preventing more serious knee and ankle injuries in a scary pileup last Sunday. He wasn't joking.

Starks is active and will play Thursday against the Detroit Lions. Ryan Grant will start, as usual.

The Packers also deactivated three linebackers -- Frank Zombo, Jamari Lattimore and Vic So'oto -- leaving them with three active outside linebackers and a possible glimpse into their defensive strategy against the Lions' passing game.

Meanwhile, the Lions announced one interesting change: Running back Kevin Smith will in fact start after accumulating 201 total yards last week against the Carolina Panthers.

Remember, kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. ET.