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Dan Campbell doubts James availability vs. Bucs AGAIN!

James Houston, an edge defender, had to decide on Thursday whether to activate him to the 53-man roster or keep him on injured reserve for the remainder of the postseason. He is expected to play in this weekend’s Divisional Round playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the Lions decided to activate him.

But coach Dan Campbell soon put an end to the excitement on Friday morning. Given that Houston hasn’t played since Week 2, what kind of role can be realistically anticipated of him? Campbell answered by saying that they need to determine whether he’s ready to play at all.

Why would the Lions activate Houston at all if he isn’t playing this week—and cut Julian Okwara in the process? To start with, they had to decide on Houston on Thursday. This was the logical course of action if they think he could be a major asset in the Conference Championship or Super Bowl, should the Lions advance that far.

Houston broke his ankle in the middle of September, but he has now been practicing for three weeks in a row. Although the agile pass rusher has only appeared in nine NFL games overall, he made waves in his rookie campaign by recording eight sacks in his first seven outings.

He has participated fully in practice for the past five practices in a row, suggesting that he is close to full health. All he needs to do is regain his footing in football and prove that he is a capable player. Houston expressed his expectation to play in a media conference on Thursday.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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