KEYS TO THE GAME
Lions: Best is going to be the primary back, and the Lions feel comfortable using him in every situation. The initial plan was for him to split the position with veteran Kevin Smith, but Smith's recovery from major knee surgery isn't complete. Smith could be inactive Sunday. ... RB Maurice Morris, who finished last season as the No. 1 tailback, will most likely back up Best. ... DeAndre Levy (groin) has not practiced since sustaining the injury on the first drive of the third exhibition game. The Lions haven't ruled him out but are preparing Johnson to start against the Bears. ... LB Landon Johnson is the most likely candidate to start at middle linebacker if Levy can't play. The Lions could also used newly-acquired Spencer Havner, though he was playing mostly on offense before being released by Green Bay. ... LT Jeff Backus will be matched up against Peppers. It will be the second time the 10-year vet has butted heads with Peppers, and he doesn't have many fond memories of the first encounter. ... DT Ndamukong Suh will be matched up, at least to start, against Bears' second-year RG Lance Louis. Suh was the second-overall pick in the last draft, Louis the 246th in 2009. It will be Louis' first NFL start. ... CB Aaron Berry will be handling the nickel back duties on Sunday. Dre' Bly and Eric King, who had been playing the role most of camp, were both cut. ... S C.C. Brown is trying out different casts and sleeves to protect the hairline fracture on his right forearm. It's the second time Brown fractured his forearm, the first being in 2008 with Houston. ... S Louis Delmas (groin) was at practice Thursday and is on track to play Sunday.
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