The 2012 Detroit Lions have played themselves out of playoff contention, but the season is not over and there are crucial roles that need to be filled over the season's last six weeks. In some cases, there are injuries to veterans and young players who have to step into those roles.
It remains to be seen to what extent the Lions will go in looking at their younger players, but this is a team out of the playoffs. The Lions must prepare for the 2013 NFL draft and free agency by evaluating what they have on their roster. These are effectively six weeks of tryouts.
Let's look at the Lions who will play crucial roles over the remaining weeks of the 2012 season.