Andrus Peathas become less a contingency plan, and more a regular, at left tackle as he makes another start Sunday for the New Orleans Saints against Detroit in place of Terron Armsteadin the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Armstead is inactive for the sixth time this season, as he continues to deal with an injured left knee and quadriceps that has plagued him all year. Peat, who started the season at left guard, has kicked out to play left tackle – his college position at Stanford – in each instance and Senio Kelemetehas filled in at left guard. Kelemete will be making his sixth start as well.
Perhaps the most significant inactive player Sunday comes from the Lions: receiver Marvin Jones(42 catches for a team-leading 730 yards and four touchdowns, tied for second-most on the team) will not play. Jones was listed as questionable throughout the week with a thigh injury, and practiced on a limited basis Wednesday through Friday.
The Saints' remaining inactives include running back Marcus Murphy, which means the return duties likely will belong to Tommylee Lewisand, perhaps, Travaris Cadet.
Running back Mark Ingram, who said Friday that he would be ready to play, is active. Ingram sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday to heal a sore toe, then participated on a limited basis Friday.