|DT Israel Idonije||Foot||OUT|
|CB Charles Tillman||Ribs||OUT|
|S Al Afalava||Knee||Questionable|
|WR Johnny Knox||Ankle||Questionable|
|S Danieal Manning||Calf||Questionable|
|LB Lance Briggs||Back||Probable|
|DT Tommie Harris||Knee||Probable|
|S Craig Steltz||Foot||Probable|
|LB Larry Foote||Foot||OUT|
|CB Phillip Buchanon||Shoulder||Questionable|
|S Louis Delmas||Knee||Questionable|
|DT Joe Cohen||Knee||Probable|
|LB Jordon Dizon||Neck||Probable|
|DT Grady Jackson||Knee||Probable|
|QB Drew Stanton||Ankle||Probable|
|DE Dewayne White||Toe||Probable|
|WR Brian Witherspoon||Ankle||Probable|
Bears Offense vs. Lions Defense
The Lions defense is littered with injuries. The two most severe are to two of their best players. Safety Louis Delmas has a knee injury, and linebacker Larry Foote has a foot injury (no puns, please). Delmas and Foote lead the Lions in tackles. Cornerback Phillip Buchanon (shoulder) has been limited in practice this week.
The Lions are in last place in just about every defensive category. They'll face a Bears offense that finally flexed its muscles last week against Minnesota. Which Chicago offense will show up? The Bears have had their struggles on the road this year, so it will be interesting to see if they can keep their positive momentum going at Ford Field against a division rival.
Lions Offense vs. Bears Defense
Mark Anderson and Israel Idonije made impact plays last week in Adewale Ogunleye's absence. Ogunleye is done for the year. Idonije got dinged up (foot), and he'll miss the final game as well. Gaines Adams and Jarron Gilbert have yet to take advantage of increased playing time. At cornerback, Corey Graham is expected to start for Charles Tillman, who suffered a rib injury when safety Craig Steltz's helmet smashed into him on a tackle. Tillman and Idonije were put on injured reserve this week. Safety and kickoff-return specialist Danieal Manning left Sunday's game with a calf injury. Safeties Steltz and Josh Bullocks started last week for Al Afalava (knee) and Kevin Payne (ankle). Payne is showing improvement, but Steltz (foot) is a concern. Hopefully Payne is ready if Steltz cannot go.
It doesn't seem likely that the Lions will be able to present many problems for the Bears defense. However, there hasn't been any level of consistent play from any unit on the squad. Detroit should be able to look at what worked for the Packers, Bengals and Cardinals and see how well they can emulate their attacks. The Bears will need to get big step up games from their substitutes in the secondary and at defensive end.
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