Packers RB Starks May Not Play Vs Lions

Injured Green Bay Packers running back James Starks may be able to play Thursday at Detroit.

Coach Mike McCarthy said the decision would be made before the game. Starks, the team’s top rusher, was listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in a short walk-through session Wednesday.

Starks suffered a sprained knee and an ankle injury in the final minutes of the win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Receiver Greg Jennings, who sustained a bruised knee Sunday, is listed as probable to play against the Lions. So were linebackers Clay Matthews (ankle), Desmond Bishop (calf) and Frank Zombo (hamstring), left tackle Marshall Newhouse (knee) and right guard Josh Sitton (knee).

The Packers are currently 10-0, but the Lions, who are 7-3, are tied with the Chicago Bears for second place in the NFC North Division.

Lions fans take the annual Thanksgiving Day game against the Packers seriously, and most fans believe Ford Field will really be jumping as the rivals faceoff.

“We’re going into this game, we’re confident in our abilities,” said quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “We know it’s a tough opponent. We’re expecting a tough game. It’s always difficult when you’re playing on the road against a good team. It’s a division opponent, a common opponent, so we know what kind of game we’re going to be in for.”

The game begins at 11:30 a.m.