After much speculation and debate on whether Lions receiver Calvin Johnson and safety Louis Delmas will play in tonight's regular season tune-up vs. the Patriots we have our answer.

Johnson will sit out while Delmas is currently active.

This will be another opportunity for Detroit's reserve receivers to step up in Johnson's absence. Last week at Cleveland the Lions' starters on offense recorded just four first downs and three points in five series vs. the Browns.

On defense Delmas will be making his first appearance this preseason. That means we'll get a look at the projected Week 1 starting secondary of Delmas Glover Quin Chris Houston and Darius Slay for the first time in game action.

Delmas has been on a limited practice schedule during training camp with the idea of getting him ready for the regular season. But Delmas told reporters this week that he wanted to play and that he felt it was important to knock some of the rust of.