DETROIT — It’s official — the Detroit Lions will be without three of their starting offensive linemen today against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Lions released their official inactives list shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, and it includes three starting offensive linemen — center Travis Swanson, guard T.J. Lang and right tackle Rick Wagner. Swanson had been ruled out in Friday’s injury report, but Lang and Wagner were both considered game-time decisions. So this means Detroit will once again be shuffling up its offensive line.
Swanson — who is dealing with a concussion — will miss his second straight game and third of the year due to injury. With Swanson out, Graham Glasgow will most likely shift over to center and Joe Dahl will make his second career start at left guard. That isn’t a huge deal with Dahl receiving the highest grade of any Lions player from Pro Football Focus against the Chicago Bears last week.
Lang is dealing with a foot injury, and will miss his third game of the season. He was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report and didn’t participate in practice all week, so this doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
Wagner missed last week’s game against the Bears, but was a limited participant in practice all week. He was the most likely to play but will now miss his third straight game with an ankle injury.
With Dahl most likely filling the open left guard spot, Don Barclay could start at right guard and Corey Robinson at right tackle. Brian Mihalik could also be in the mix and see some playing time on Sunday.
Wide receiver Bradley Marquez, running back Zach Zenner, running back Dwayne Washington and defensive tackle Rodney Coe are the four other inactives on the Lions today. The Lions will travel to Cincinnati on Sunday to battle the Bengals, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. Today’s Christmas Eve matchup can be seen on FOX.