It’s no mystery, the Detroit Lions absolutely must win their Week 16 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals if they want a chance at getting into the NFL Playoffs.
Well, the Week 16 inactives have been revealed and by the looks of things, Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense are going to have their work cut out for them as C Travis Swanson, G T.J. Lang, and T Rick Wagner will all be missing from the offensive line.
WR Bradley Marquez
RB Zach Zenner
RB Dwayne Washington
C Travis Swanson
T Rick Wagner
G T.J. Lang
DT Rodney Coe
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 24, 2017
Lang and Swanson are not a huge surprise, but most thought Wagner would be able to give it a go.
Because of the injuries, Graham Glasgow will take over at center, Joe Dahl and either Don Barclay or Emmett Clearly will likely play the guard positions, which would leave Corey Robinson to fill in for Wager at right tackle.
Here is a look at the Bengals inactives for Sunday’s game.
-WR Cody Core
-CB KeiVarae Russell
-HB Jarveon Williams
-DT Josh Tupou
-OT Cedric Ogbuehi
-DT Justin Murray
-DT Andrew Billings#Bengals50
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) December 24, 2017
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