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Thursday, November 24, 2011
James Starks active vs. Lions

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DETROIT -- The unbeaten Green Bay Packers had running back James Starks for their Thanksgiving showdown against the Detroit Lions.

Starks was active despite being listed as questionable with knee and ankle injuries on Wednesday. Starks was hurt late in last week's win against Tampa Bay.

Detroit defensive end Lawrence Jackson was the only noteworthy player on the inactive list for either team Thursday.

Jackson, who has 4½ sacks this season, was out for a second straight game with a thigh injury.

The Lions also put Kevin Smith in the starting lineup. He replaced Jahvid Best, who was previously ruled out for a fifth straight game because of a concussion.

Smith was out of the league three weeks ago, hoping to get another shot to play when his former employer gave him another chance.

The Packers won 25-17.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.