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Schwartz Will Play Starters It Sounds Like vs Green Bay

At his weekly news conference today, Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn’t directly answer the question about whether he’ll rest anyone for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers accoding to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. But he repeated what he said after Saturday’s playoff-clinching win over the San Diego Chargers: “We’re going to play the game to win.”

Several Lions could benefit from extra rest, too. Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been limited by a sore foot all season, and running back Kevin Smith has been playing through a high ankle sprain.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, because we, obviously, made it into the playoffs, but the playoffs don’t start this week,” Schwartz said. “But you have seen teams that have gone in and made that run. The New York Giants (in the 2007 season). Green Bay last year.

“I think a lot of that starts this week. You look at those teams; it wasn’t just what they did when they got into the playoffs, it’s where they were at the end of the season. … You certainly want to go in with momentum. You want to go in with wins, you want to go in healthy. To be in is, obviously, the most important thing. After that, then everybody has a chance.”

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