|DT Tommie Harris||Suspended||OUT|
|WR Brandon Lloyd||Knee||OUT|
|WR Marty Booker||Knee||Questionable|
|CB Charles Tillman||Shoulder||Questionable|
|CB Nathan Vasher||Wrist||Questionable|
|S Kevin Payne||Neck||Questionable|
|OT Chris Williams||Back||Questionable|
|OT George Foster||Knee||Doubtful|
|G Stephen Peterman||Hand||Doubtful|
|RB Marcus Thomas||Hamstring||Doubtful|
|CB Leigh Bodden||Calf||Questionable|
|CB Travis Fisher||Groin||Probable|
|WR Roy Williams||Knee||Probable|
Bears Offense vs. Lions Defense
Detroit is coming off a bye week, so they have had an opportunity to lick any early wounds. Cornerback Travis Fisher (groin) is the only player who might be slowed down by injury. The Lions defense only has three sacks through three games. Right defensive end DeWayne White, who will match up with John St. Clair, has two of them.
Matt Forte has seen his rushing yardage and yards per carry fall each week since the opening game against the Colts. The Lions are dead last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (207.7) and yards per carry (5.6). It stands to reason the Bears will get back to pounding the ball against Detroit. This would be a great time to give former Lion Kevin Jones a good number of complementary carries, as well.
Lions Offense vs. Bears Defense
Tommie Harris (knee) was held out of last week's game. It was finally determined the team is better without him if he is hurt. On Thursday, it was announced that he would be suspended for this week's game for breaking an unspecified team rule. The Bears have great depth at defensive tackle. Anthony Adams, Dusty Dvoracek, Israel Idonije and rookie Marcus Harrison combine to provide a strong inside presence for the defensive line. Cornerbacks Charles Tillman (shoulder) and Nathan Vasher (thumb/wrist) were also shaken up last week. Vasher had surgery earlier this week and is expected to miss the contest. The Bears are more hopeful for Tillman's return. However, his likelihood to play is very much in doubt. Corey Graham and Trumaine McBride are the reserves. McBride was pressed into a starting role last season and turned out to be a pleasant surprise, but Graham passed him on the depth chart in the offseason. The Bears might need both of them Sunday.
The Bears should know better than to take lightly a Detroit team that beat them twice last season. They were victimized by turnovers and catastrophic defensive meltdowns in their losses. They'll need to establish an early lead, get takeaways and keep the Lions in predictable down-and-distance situations. To do this, they must put pressure on Kitna. If that can't be done with the D-line alone, they'll need to blitz. Given Detroit's situation at tight end, the old standard of the Cover 2 is a good fit. It will be interesting to see what wrinkles they employ from that base as long-time friends Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli match wits.
Michael Nudo writes his Injury Report Analysis feature every Friday exclusively for BearReport.com.