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Riley Reiff getting closer to starting, according to Scott Linehan

The Lions rookie has only seen 31 snaps on offense and 27 on special teams through six weeks in 2012.

Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

While he still hasn't started a game in 2012, Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said on Friday afternoon that 2012 first round pick Riley Reiff is getting closer to being ready to fill that role.

Through six weeks Reiff has played in a reserve role and has come in on occasion as a sixth offensive lineman. He has recorded 31 snaps on offense and 27 on special teams.

The Lions haven't needed to rush the rookie into the lineup though, as the team has allowed only nine sacks through six weeks. That makes them the fifth best team at protecting their passer and is a strong reason why the Lions rank as the second best passing offense in the NFL.

Reiff was selected with the No. 23 pick in the draft, making him the second offensive lineman selected, behind only Vikings draft pick Matt Kalil.