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Bilal Powell Set for PS Debut at Detroit

Eight Listed as Not Dressing for Jets' 2nd Preseason Game Tonight at Ford Field


We don't yet know who the Jets' starting quarterback will be for tonight's second preseason game at Detroit, but we do know that whoever that QB is, he'll get a boost behind him from the running game.

RB Bilal Powell is set to make his preseason debut after practicing all week as he worked his way back from his neck issue.

Powell is expected to give a lift to the Jets' ground game, which managed 56 yards on 31 carries for a 1.8 yards/carry average in last Saturday's 7-3 home win over the Titans.

Matt Forte (hamstring) will not play tonight but is also working back for some action in the remaining preseason games but mostly to be ready to roll on opening day, Sept. 10, at Buffalo.

The Jets' starting QB will be revealed to all once the Jets get the ball shortly after the opening kickoff, expected to take place around 7:37 pm ET tonight.

The Jets are meeting the Lions in Ford Field for the third time in five preseasons. They lost 23-3 here in 2015 and 26-17 in 2013.

Also not dressing for the Green & White are WR/KR Lucky Whitehead, WR Marquess Wilson, CB Xavier Coleman, LB Lorenzo Mauldin, LB Frank Beltre, WR Quincy Enunwa and WR Dan Williams.

Head coach Todd Bowles' captains for the opening coin toss are Powell, CBs Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine, and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

The Jets will be wearing their white jerseys and white pants tonight. It's their usual preseason road uniform configuration, as they've worn white/white in four of their five preseason away games under Bowles. However, in the regular season, Bowles has gone white jerseys/green pants in 15 of the Jets' 16 road games since 2015.

John Hussey is tonight's referee. Hussey's first game as an NFL referee was the Jets-Lions preseason opener at Ford Field two years ago. He also refereed two Jets regular season games in 2015, Game 2 at the Colts and Game 12 at the Giants.

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