Packers to face beat-up Lions secondary

Robert Zizzo
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Lions rookie cornerback Nevin Lawson (43) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

For the second straight week, the Packers will be facing a beat-up secondary.

Detroit on Tuesday placed nickel cornerback Nevin Lawson on the season-ending injured reserve list. The Lions' fourth-round draft pick this season sustained dislocated toes Sunday against Carolina. Lawson already was filling in at the nickel for Bill Bentley, who tore an ACL in the season opener and will miss the rest of the season.

To replace Lawson, the Lions signed free-agent cornerback Danny Gorrer. They have only three other cornerbacks on the roster: starters Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis, and backup Cassius Vaughn.

In its 24-7 loss to Carolina on Sunday, Detroit's defense had 16 missed tackles, according to Pro Football Focus, including two by Slay and one each by Mathis, Vaughn and Lawson.


-- After playing zero defensive snaps in the season opener, Packers nickel cornerback Davon House was in on 30 defensive plays (42 percent) Sunday. He essentially replaced Casey Hayward, who played 36 defensive snaps (51 percent) against Seattle and zero against the Jets.

-- Safety Morgan Burnett and linebacker A.J. Hawk played every one of the 71 defensive snaps against the Jets, while Letroy Guion (39) played the fewest snaps among the starters. On offense, DuJuan Harris (8) was in on twice as many offensive snaps as James Starks (4).

-- Detroit has allowed opponents to convert only 24 percent (six of 25) on third down.

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