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The Detroit Lions are starting Mikel Leshoure at running back against the Tennessee Titans in his first NFL game after a torn left Achilles tendon wiped out his rookie season and a two-game suspension delayed his second.
Leshoure was a second-round draft pick out of Illinois in 2011, and he is starting Sunday instead of Kevin Smith.
The Lions also scratched safety Louis Delmas for a second straight game because of a knee injury, with John Wendling starting. Tight end Tony Scheffler is inactive with a calf injury.
The winless Titans made a lineup change, starting veteran Jordan Babineaux at safety over Robert Johnson, who started the first two games. Linebacker Colin McCarthy is inactive with a right ankle injury along with running back Javon Ringer.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rob Bironas kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, and the Titans stopped backup quarterback Shaun Hill on fourth-and-1 at the Tennessee 7 to finally pull out a 44-41 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
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