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Preview: Lions at Jaguars


The Detroit Lions have yet to string together back-to-back victories this season. They might be looking at their best chance to do just that as they visit the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. Detroit escaped with a 28-24 win over Seattle last Sunday on a Titus Young 1-yard touchdown reception with 20 seconds left. The Lions can reach .500 with a victory over a Jaguars team that played Green Bay tough a week ago, but still came away with the loss. At 1-6 and with franchise running back Maurice Jones-Drew out indefinitely with a foot sprain, the Jaguars are already looking toward 2013.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Lions -4, O/U 44

ABOUT THE LIONS (3-4): Questions arose earlier in the week about running back Mikel Leshoure, who sat out the final quarter-and-a-half of Sunday's win. Leshoure was spotted limping, but the Lions insisted the second-year back was fine. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan attempted to clarify the situation Thursday, saying the decision to replace Leshoure with Joique Bell late in the game was made to take advantage of Bell's superior pass-catching ability. Leshoure practiced all week and will play Sunday. Wideout Calvin Johnson (knee) did not practice all week but is expected to play.

ABOUT THE JAGUARS (1-6): Few gave Jacksonville much of a chance against a formidable Green Bay offense, but Jacksonville managed to stay within a score until the final moments of the game. One positive takeaway was the performance of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who threw for a career-best 303 yards and a touchdown. The second-year signal caller has taken plenty of criticism for the Jaguars' struggles over the past two seasons, but he looked sharp against the Packers and has gone back-to-back games without throwing an interception.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Stafford is 52 passing yards shy of 10,000 for his career. If he gets there Sunday in his 37th career game, he'll become the second-fastest player in history to reach the mark behind Kurt Warner (36).

2. The teams made a minor deal ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, with the Jaguars sending slot receiver and return specialist Mike Thomas to the Lions for a fifth-round pick in 2014.

3. The Jaguars say Cecil Shorts will remain their starting outside wide receiver, bumping the disappointing Laurent Robinson to occasional slot duty. Shorts has 12 catches for 195 yards and a touchdown over his last two games.

PREDICTION: Lions 27, Jaguars 24.

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Last Injuries

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Dede Westbrook

    Shoulder
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Westbrook has sat out the past two games with a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will take the field against the Dolphins on Thursday.

  • Brandon Linder

    Knee
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Linder left the last game due to a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Thursday against the Dolphins.

  • Tyler Davis

    Knee
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Davis has missed the last two games due to a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play Thursday against the Dolphins.

  • D.J. Hayden

    Concussion
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Hayden was forced from the previous game with a concussion, and it is undetermined if he will be cleared in time for Thursday's contest with the Dolphins.

  • Josh Allen

    Calf
    Prob Sun | probable

    Allen was forced from the previous game due to cramping in his calf but is likely to face the Titans on Sunday.

  • C.J. Henderson

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Henderson was lifted from the last game to be evaluated for a concussion. He is projected to be cleared in time for Sunday's matchup versus the Titans.

  • Josh Jones

    Leg
    Prob Sun | probable

    Jones exited the previous game with a leg contusion, but it is unlikely to impede his status for Sunday against the Titans.

  • Jarrod Wilson

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Wilson has landed on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain when he will return to the field.

Detroit Lions

  • Desmond Trufant

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Trufant sat out the previous game with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up against the Cardinals in Week 3.

  • Nick Williams

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Williams was held out of the the last game due to a shoulder injury, it has yet to be determined if he will be in the lineup Week 3 versus the Cardinals.

  • Kenny Golladay

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Golladay has been unavailable for the previous two games due to a hamstring injury, and his status for Week 3's battle the Cardinals is hazy.

  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    Foot
    day-to-day | questionable

    Vaitai has missed the past two games with a foot injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be on the field against the Cardinals in Week 3.

  • Joe Dahl

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dahl has wound up on the injured reserve list due to a groin injury, and there is no indication when he will return to the fold.

  • Hunter Bryant

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Bryant has a hamstring injury and has not played in the previous two games. It is unclear if he will face the Cardinals in Week 3.

  • Darryl Roberts

    Calf
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Roberts has a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Sunday versus the Packers.

  • Jason Cabinda

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Cabinda is dealing with an ankle injury, but he is likely to be available against the Packers on Sunday.