With Joique Bell (ankle) out, Ameer Abdullah is listed as the Lions' starting running back for Monday night's Week 4 game against the Seahawks.
It's a much-needed move for the Lions, even if it's coming at the expense of an injury to Bell. Bell has been awfully ineffective through three games, averaging barely over 1.0 YPC on 20 totes, yet coach Jim Caldwell and/or OC Joe Lombardi have refused to send him to the bench. Abdullah hasn't lit the world on fire with his 3.9 YPC, but he has two touchdowns and is a threat to take it the distance anytime he touches the ball. He needs more reps. UDFA Zach Zenner should also see his first snaps since Week 1 on Monday. Abdullah-Zenner might be the backfield of the future in Detroit, and maybe that future will begin tonight.
Seahawks declared Marshawn Lynch, DT Brandon Mebane, S Steven Terrell, CB Tharold Simon, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, OG Kristjan Sokoli, and DE Demarcus Dobbs inactive for Monday night's Week 4 game against the Lions.
Bruce Irvin (ankle) is active. Lynch (hamstring) was ruled out Sunday and will be replaced by Thomas Rawls and Fred Jackson. Mebane has a groin injury.
Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (groin) is active for Monday night's Week 4 game against the Seahawks.
He was listed as questionable after leaving last week's game early. Ansah hasn't made a ton of noise as a pass rusher with just six pressures through three weeks, but is playing top-notch run defense on the edge. Inactive for the Lions are Joique Bell (ankle), RG Larry Warford, WLB DeAndre Levy (hip), Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring), OT Corey Robinson, DT Jermelle Cudjo, and DE Phillip Hunt.
Colts LCB Greg Toler (neck) is practicing in full for Week 5.
Toler missed the first four games of the season after injuring his neck on August 22. Opposing offense's No. 2 receivers -- the ones not lined up opposite Vontae Davis -- have been shredding the Colts for big-time stats the first month. Toler's return should help, but he's going to be targeted heavily opposite Davis.
Arian Foster (groin) was limited in Monday's practice.
Foster made his season debut Sunday and will be fine for Thursday night's Week 5 game against the Colts. His reps should only increase the farther out he gets from groin surgery. Foster managed 35 yards on 11 touches Sunday.
Nate Washington (hamstring) did not practice Monday.
The Texans held a walkthrough, so this is an estimation. With both Washington and Cecil Shorts (shoulder) dinged up, rookie Jaelen Strong could be active for the first time this season, while Keith Mumphery sees increased snaps.
The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer feels it's "pretty clear" that Andrew Luck (shoulder) will start Thursday night's Week 5 game against the Texans.
Coach Chuck Pagano said Luck "looked good" on Monday and is "trending in the right direction." Pagano also shot down a report that Luck is dealing with a slightly separated shoulder, only saying his quarterback has a "sore shoulder." Matt Hasselbeck, who started Sunday, said he "doesn't expect to play this week." Signs point to Luck only missing one game and getting the nod against Houston.
Frank Gore (foot) did not practice Monday.
Coach Chuck Pagano called Gore day-to-day. With the Colts and Texans squaring off Thursday night, both teams were forced to release an injury report today. We tentatively expect Gore to be ready to roll as an RB2 Thursday.