NFL Nation: Doug Hogue

Lions to start rookie CB Jonte Green

October, 22, 2012
10/22/12
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CHICAGO -- The Soldier Field grounds crew began removing a protective tarp here at about 6:30 p.m., two hours before kickoff between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. It hasn't rained since early afternoon in downtown Chicago, so for the moment the field is dry.

Let's review some relevant pregame news from the Lions' perspective:
NEW ORLEANS -- There are no major surprises on the Detroit Lions' inactive list for Saturday night's wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. One minor shift from the recent norm: Cornerback Don Carey is active and cornerback Brandon McDonald is inactive.

That could be a nod toward special teams, considering the Lions secondary will be at full strength with Aaron Berry back in the nickel and Alphonso Smith available to play the dime. McDonald had been active for the past two games while Berry rehabilitated a shoulder injury.

As expected, safety Louis Delmas is active and will start his first game since Thanksgiving Day. That moves Chris Harris to the inactive list; Harris has also been dealing with a back injury.

The rest of the inactives: Quarterback Drew Stanton, running back Joique Bell, linebacker Doug Hogue, guard Leonard Davis and defensive lineman Andre Fluellen.

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