GREEN BAY, WI (WTVB) - The Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game November 28th is against the Packers, who said yesterday they hope to have quarterback Aaron Rogers back in the lineup by then to face Detroit at Ford Field. Rodgers suffered a fractured left collarbone during Monday night’s loss to Chicago at Lambeau Field. Various reports indicated he could be sidelined for three weeks. Rogers hurt his non-throwing shoulder when he was sacked during the opening possession of Monday's game against the Bears, who the Lions will face Sunday at Soldier Field. Detroit, Chicago, and Green Bay each have 5-and-3 records and are tied for first place atop the NFC North.
The Lions are back from their bye week and yesterday, Nate Burleson participated in his first practice since breaking his arm in a car crash September 24th, but it is not known if the veteran receiver will be back on the field this weekend. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah and cornerback Bill Bentley, who were both injured against Dallas October 27th, did not practice yesterday and receiver Calvin Johnson and safety Louis Delmas also sat out. With Ansah on the sidelines, the Lions have signed Austen Lane to a one-year deal. Lane played for Jacksonville last year, ending the season with 32 tackles and two sacks in seven starts.