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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- His role throughout his NFL career has never been completely defined. Sometimes, Don Carey has started games. Other times, he's been a special teams player and some games he didn't even play at all.
This season with Detroit, he had mostly been a special teams player until Bill Bentley was injured against Dallas. He didn't play a ton against the Cowboys, but Bentley's injury and then the struggles of rookie Darius Slay opened up a chance for him to be on the field last Sunday against Chicago.
Carey was inserted into the game and played well in the nickel, making two tackles and showing he could be someone who could contribute there in the future.
"My fifth year in the league now and I've seen a whole lot of things," Carey said. "So I know to just be ready."
Carey's whole lot of things includes adjusting to the nickel. He said Thursday he is "pretty comfortable" at the position, but he had not spent that much time there in the past. He had practiced in the nickel last week, but Sunday was his first extensive game action of the season and also as a professional in the nickel.
With Bentley having missed practice Wednesday and Thursday this week, it looks like Carey might have a similar role again Sunday.
"Where ever the team needs me," Carey said. "Where ever they need me, I'm ready to play."
And now a look at Lions news from across the Interwebs:
Chemistry in the locker room has been big for the Lions this year. Our double coverage preview of Sunday's game. Ten(ish) Questions with tight end Joseph Fauria. Calvin Johnson missed practice again Thursday but expects to play Sunday.
Nick Fairley and Willie Young were fined for hits against Chicago on Sunday.
Brandon Pettigrew has earned the trust of his teammates, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
The Lions will make a decision on who the right tackle will be based on game performance, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.