|LB Hunter Hillenmeyer||Thumb||Questionable|
|WR Brandon Lloyd||Knee||Questionable|
|S Danieal Manning||Hamstring||Questionable|
|DT Tommie Harris||Knee||Probable||WR Marty Booker||Knee||Probable|
|CB Charles Tillman||Shoulder||Probable||CB Nathan Vasher||Wrist||Probable|
|LB Jordon Dizon||Hamstring||OUT|
|FB Jerome Felton||Ankle||OUT|
|S Dwight Smith||Foot||OUT|
|TE Casey FitzSimmons||Ribs||Doubtful|
|DT Chuck Darby||Calf||Questionable|
|DT Cory Redding||Groin||Questionable||G Damion Cook||Knee||Questionable||G Andy McCollum||Finger||Questionable|
Bears Offense vs. Lions Defense
When the teams last played, it was at Detroit after the Lions had a bye-week break. They have a few injuries on defense this time that may affect their play. Safety Dwight Smith (foot) missed last week's contest with Washington. Kalvin Pearson received the start for Smith. Starting defensive tackles Cory Redding (groin) and Chuck Darby (calf) are banged up, as well. Shaun Cody and Langston Moore figure to see plenty of reps regardless.
Defensive-guru-turned-head-coach Rod Marinelli oversees a squad of defenders ranked either last or second to last in points allowed, total yardage, passing yardage and rushing yardage. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? The Bears were unable to run in their first match. Instead, Orton picked apart the Lions' secondary. Look for the Bears to continue trying Forte and the ground attack. If the Lions sell out to stop the run, there should be opportunities to seize through the air.
Lions Offense vs. Bears Defense
The bye week should allow the wounded Bears' secondary the necessary time to heal. Charles Tillman (shoulder) and Nathan Vasher (thumb/wrist) are expected to return. Cornerback Corey Graham has played well enough that some believe he may supplant Vasher as a starter. Vasher's injury had complications with an infection. Nickelback Danieal Manning (hamstring) has shown progress and might be ready to go, as well. Speedy linebacker Nick Roach (shoulder) has been pushing Hunter Hillenmeyer for playing time and is expected to be ready for action. He'll need to be ready. Hillenmeyer had surgery on his thumb last week and is expected to miss some time. Jamar Williams is also waiting in the wings. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) should be as healthy as he has been all year for this contest. The Bears desperately need for him to ignite their pass rush. It has been dormant for most of the season.
I thought Mike Martz was in San Francisco, but the Lions have allowed 25 sacks in seven games. They're only averaging 17.7 rushes per game, which is last in the league and a far cry from the 31st-ranked team (21.4). If there was ever a time for the Bears' pass rush to get well, this would be it. They should be able to pin their ears back and go after Orlovsky, knowing how averse the Lions are to running the football.
Michael Nudo writes his Injury Report Analysis feature every Friday exclusively for BearReport.com.