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Saturday, August 9, 2014
Calvin Johnson out vs. Cleveland

By Michael Rothstein

DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions are not going to risk their star on Saturday night.

Calvin Johnson has been deemed inactive by the team for the preseason opener against Cleveland. He is one of three Lions who have been ruled out, joining defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and wide receiver TJ Jones, who are on the active PUP list.

Starting for Johnson will be receiver Kris Durham, who inherited a starting spot last season after an injury to Nate Burleson, who is in town now with the Browns.

Devin Taylor, who is also competing for the starting spot at closed defensive end with Jason Jones, will start at open defensive end.