Patriots’ Brady active as expected vs. Lions

Tom Brady will start in the Patriots’ Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Lions.

The quarterback missed practice Wednesday because of foot and shoulder injuries and was listed as questionable on New England’s final injury report.

Patriots RB Fred Taylor is active for the first time since injuring his toe in Week 3. He was limited in practice this week and listed as questionable on the injury report.

For the Lions, rookie RB Jahvid Best will be active. The Lions’ leading rusher (382 yards) and third-leading receiver (50 receptions) has battled turf toe injuries all season. He practiced on a limited basis for the second day in a row Wednesday and was listed as probable on the injury report.

DE Cliff Avril (quadricep), LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (knee), C Dylan Gandy (calf) and DT Corey Williams (shoulder) were all listed as questionable on the injury report but will be active.

Full inactives list:

Patriots
DL Brandon Deaderick
OT Mark LeVoir
OL Rich Ohrnberger
G Stephen Neal
WR Taylor Price
DT Myron Pryor
CB Jonathan Wilhite
DL Mike Wright

Lions
Zac Robinson (No. 3 QB)
K Jason Hanson
QB Matthew Stafford
OT Jason Fox
DE Willie Young
TE Tony Scheffler
DE Lawrence Jackson
G Donald Thomas

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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