Lions tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) are active for Sunday's game at Arizona after being listed as probable. Ebron returns after missing three straight games and will start in place of Brandon Pettigrew (foot). Fauria is back after missing six straight games. Also suiting up are safety James Ihedigbo (back), center Don Muhlbach (ankle), right tacle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) and defensive end Devin Taylor (knee).
Outside of three players, the Lions enter Week 11 against Arizona relatively healthy. The team ruled out Nick Fairley (knee) and Larry Warford (knee) for Sunday. Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice all week and was labeled questionable. Meanwhile, the following players practiced in full Friday and were deemed probable: Eric Ebron (hamstring), Joseph Fauria (ankle), James Ihedigbo (back), Calvin Johnson (ankle), Don Muhlbach (ankle), Brandon Pettigrew (foot), Devin Taylor (knee) and LaAdrian Waddle (knee).
All of the Lions listed as probable on Friday's final injury report are active for Week 5's matchup with the Bills, including defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee), wide receiver Golden Tate (hamstring), safety Don Carey (hamstring), defensive end Devin Taylor (knee) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf). Fairley should be good to go for his regular role, which includes playing about half of the team's defensive snaps. He recorded his first sack of the season in Week 4.
The Lions have listed four players as probable for Week 5. Don Carey, Nick Fairley, Devin Taylor and LaAdrian Waddle should all go during the contest. All four players were able to practice in full Friday.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said rookie Devin Taylor will be asked to play a bigger role on defense after the team lost starting defensive end Jason Jones to a season-ending knee injury Sunday against the Redskins. "We've got a lot of different ways (to replace Jones) and I think I said yesterday, we're going to lean on Devin Taylor, also there," Schwartz said at his Monday press conference, per MLive.com. "A lot of the same things we like about Jason, we like in Devin. He played well at times in preseason, but he needs to grow up quickly." Taylor has been active for just one of three games. He played three snaps Week 2 against the Cardinals and had no stats. "Taylor has shown some really good things," Schwartz said immediately after the Lions' win over the Redskins. "He's only been active for one game, but it will be his time to step up."