The Chicago Bears will try to put a few odd days behind them and focus on beating the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Ford Field.
We have all day updates for the week 12 game.
Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith exited the game during the Lions’ first drive in the second quarter, went into the injury tent for a moment, then stayed on the sidelines with his helmet off. The Bears announced that he was out with a hamstring injury.
Outside linebacker Sam Kamara has been ruled out with a concussion.
Lions running back D’Andre Swift also went down in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and is out for the rest of the game.
Rest: Bears 13, Lions 7
Andy Dalton threw for 220 yards and a touchdown and Cairo Santos scored two field goals to give the Bears a 13-7 lead at halftime against the Lions at Ford Field.
Dalton completed 16 of 26 passes and led a 69-yard touchdown drive in two plays. Dalton completed a 52-yard pass to Darnell Mooney and a 17-yard touchdown to Jimmy Graham for a 10-7 lead late in the second quarter.
Amani Oruwariye later in the second quarter stole a cross from Dalton for Damiere Byrd in the end zone, but the Lions got nowhere on their drive and gave the Bears the ball back at 1:09 to play in the half.
Santos scored a 43-yard field goal to end the half.
A Bears defense that got off to a bad start got a takeaway late in the second quarter.
While linebacker Robert Quinn knocked down quarterback Jared Goff, Trevis Gipson knocked the ball out and recovered it. Officials originally called Goff down, but Matt Nagy challenged the call and it was destroyed.
The Bears started cornerback Artie Burns in place of sophomore corner Kindle Vildor, who wrestled against the Ravens on Sunday, also during their game-winning drive.
The Lions chose Burns almost immediately. On their first drive, wide receiver Josh Reynolds defeated Burns to catch a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff for a 7-0 lead with 9:33 to play in the first quarter.
The Bears reached the 10-yard line on a drive in which Dalton had a 33-yard pass to Mooney and a 17-yard pass to Graham, who made a nice, low grab. But Dalton threw back-to-back incompletes in the end zone on second and third deficit, the latter almost an interception by Oruwariye before the tight end knocked out Jesse James.
Santos then scored a 28-yard field goal to narrow the Lions’ lead to 7-3 with 13:24 to play in the second quarter.
Week 12 inactives announced
Bears’ Allen Robinson will not play in Thursday’s game against the Lions as he is recovering from a hamstring injury.
Robinson was listed as doubtful to play after not practicing all week.
The Bears previously announced that quarterback Justin Fields (ribs), running back Damien Williams (calf) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) would not play due to their injuries.
Also inactive for the Bears are cornerback Teez Tabor, tight end Jesper Horsted and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr.
Bear safety Eddie Jackson will return from a hamstring injury after missing the last two games.
For the Lions, Trinity Benson, quarterback David Blough, outside linebacker Trey Flowers and offensive linemen Matt Nelson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai are inactive.
Justin Fields Update
NFL Network reported On Thursday, an MRI on rookie QB Justin Fields’ ribs showed he had “small fractures” in some of his ribs.
It’s not a serious injury, but worse than the outlet’s original report that initial tests showed his ribs were simply bruised.
“We’re really lucky it’s nothing long-term; it’s definitely not an IR thing,” said Ryan Pace, general manager of Bears during his pregame show on WBBM-AM 780. “It’s more of a daily activity. We’ll get through this game. The good thing about it is that after this match you have some extra time to re-evaluate not just Justin but a few other guys, get them healthy and ready to roll. ”
Bears coach Matt Nagy said earlier this week he wasn’t sure whether the injury was the result of a single game or multiple hits. Fields left Sunday’s loss to the Ravens early in the third quarter after being eliminated on a 6-yard run.
Thursday is the first game he has missed since taking over as Bears starter for then-injured Andy Dalton in Week 3.
At Halas Hall this week…
After the Bears’ fifth loss to the Ravens on Sunday, their short week to prepare for the Lions was disrupted by a report that the Bears were planning to fire coach Matt Nagy after the Thanksgiving game. Bears chairman George McCaskey told players and coaches the report was untrue, according to the Athletic, but it still put a wrinkle in the team’s preparations.
Now the Bears will try to put that distraction out of their minds as they get ready to start Dalton for the first time since Sept. 19. Dalton will start in place of Fields, who is recovering from a rib injury sustained during the game against the Ravens.
Meanwhile, the 0-9-1 Lions will be trying for their first win of the season behind quarterback Jared Goff, who was recovering from an oblique injury and is expected to start, according to NFL Network.
The Bears called wide receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) questionable, while Fields, defending lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) and running back Damien Williams (calf) were ruled out.
Protections Eddie Jackson (hamstring) and Tashaun Gipson Sr. (chest), defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (ribs) and receiver Marquise Goodwin (shoulder) were listed as questionable, while wide receiver Darnell Mooney (foot) was restricted on Wednesday but not a game designation meaning he must play.
The Bears also bent receiver Isaiah Coulter and linebacker Sam Kamara from the exhibition squad to the active roster for Thursday’s game.
For the Lions, receiver Trinity Benson, outside linebacker Trey Flowers, offensive tackle Matt Nelson, cornerback AJ Parker and guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai are out, and defensive end Michal Brockers and running back Jermar Jefferson are questionable.
Missed something this week? Catching up before kick-off (11:30am, FOX-32).
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