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Updated: September 30th, 2012 10:50am
Mikel Leshoure active for Lions, who start ex-practice squad safety

Mikel Leshoure active for Lions, who start ex-practice squad safety

by Tom Pelissero
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DETROIT -- The Minnesota Vikings have enough issues at safety they worked out three veterans on Friday. The Detroit Lions' issues at the position have left them in an even more desperate spot.

Ricardo Silva, who was activated from the practice squad on Saturday, was announced as the starter at free safety in place of injured Louis Delmas (knee).

Silva played college football at Hampton, appeared in four games as a rookie last season and was waived on Sept. 3 to make room for veteran cornerback Drayton Florence.

The Lions planned to start veteran backup Amari Spievey, but Spievey injured his groin and was deactivated, too.

Halfback Mikel Leshoure, who had been listed as questionable with a groin injury, was active and slated to start.

The rest of the Lions' inactives were defensive tackle Corey Williams, linebacker Travis Lewis, quarterback Kellen Moore, tackle Jason Fox and tackle Corey Hilliard.

Sammie Hill was slated to start for Williams, who recently underwent knee surgery.

There were no real surprises among the Vikings' inactives: quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, receivers Stephen Burton and Jarius Wright, safeties Andrew Sendejo and Mistral Raymond, linebacker Erin Henderson and tackle Mark Asper.

Raymond (ankle) and Henderson (concussion) were ruled out on Friday. Sendejo (ankle) was listed as questionable. So was end D'Aundre Reed (calf), who was active.

Jamarca Sanford got the start for Raymond and Marvin Mitchell for Henderson.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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