The Chicago Bears will try to move past a few strange days and focus on topping the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Ford Field.
We have updates all day for the week 12 game.
Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith left the game on Lions’ first drive of the second quarter, briefly walked into the injury tent and then remained on the sidelines with his helmet off. The Bears announced 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 fell in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and is out for the rest of the match.
Pause: Bears 13, Lions 7
Andy Dalton threw 220 yards and a touchdown, and Cairo Santos scored two field goals to help the Bears take a 13-7 lead at the break against the Lions at Ford Field.
Dalton completed 16 of 26 passes and led a two-play, 69-yard touchdown drive. Dalton completed a 52-yard pass to Darnell Mooney and a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham for a 10-7 lead late in the second quarter.
Amani Oruwariye picked up Dalton’s pass to Damiere Byrd in the goal zone later in the second quarter, but the Lions went nowhere on their drive and gave the Bears the ball back with 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.
When outside linebacker Robert Quinn took down quarterback Jared Goff, Trevis Gipson knocked the ball out and recovered it. Officials initially called Goff down, but Matt Nagy challenged the call and it was overturned.
The Bears started cornerback Artie Burns instead of second-year corner Kindle Vildor, who battled Sunday against the Ravens, including on their game-winning drive.
The Lions grabbed Burns almost instantly. On their first drive, wide receiver Josh Reynolds beat Burns to catch a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to a 7-0 lead with 9:33 left in the first quarter.
The Bears came to the 10-yard line on a drive where Dalton had a 33-yard pass to Mooney and a 17-yard pass to Graham who made a nice, low grip. But Dalton threw back-to-back incomplements into the end zone on the second and third down, the latter almost an interception by Oruwariye before tight-end Jesse James knocked it down.
Santos then scored a 28-yard field goal to reduce the Lions’ lead to 7-3 with 13:24 left in the second quarter.
Week 12 inactive announced
Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson will not play in Thursday’s game against the Lions as he continues his recovery after a hamstring injury.
Robinson was listed as doubtful to play after not training all week.
The Bears announced former 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.
Bears safety Eddie Jackson is returning from a hamstring injury after missing the last two games.
For Lions, wide receiver 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 scan of novice QB Justin Fields’ ribs showed he had “small fractures” in a few of his ribs.
It’s not a major injury, but worse than the store’s original report that initial tests showed his ribs were just bruised.
“We are really lucky that it is not something long-term; it’s definitely not an IR thing, “Bears general manager Ryan Pace said on his pregame show on WBBM-AM 780.” It’s more of an everyday thing. We get through this game. The good thing about it is that you will have a little extra time after this game to reevaluate, not just Justin, but some other guys, get them healthy and get them ready to roll. ”
Bears coach Matt Nagy said earlier this week that he did not know if the injury was from a single game or multiple hits. Fields left Sunday’s loss to the Ravens early in the third quarter after being taken down 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.
In Halas Hall this week…
After the Bears’ fifth consecutive defeat on Sunday against the Ravens, their short week to get ready 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 that the report was not true, according to Athletic, but it still put a wrinkle in the team’s preparations.
Now the Bears will try to remove that distraction from their minds as they get ready to start Dalton for the first time since September 19th. Dalton starts instead of Fields, who is recovering from a rib injury he suffered during the match against the Ravens.
Meanwhile, the 0-9-1 Lions will try their first win of the season behind quarterback Jared Goff, who recovered from an oblique injury and is expected to start, according to the NFL Network.
The Bears listed wide receiver Allen Robinson (hoarding) as questionable, while Fields, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) and running back Damien Williams (calf) were ruled out.
Security Eddie Jackson (hoarding) and Tashaun Gipson Sr. (chest), defender Mario Edwards Jr. (rib) and receiver Marquise Goodwin (shoulder) were listed as questionable, while wide receiver Darnell Mooney (foot) was restricted on Wednesday but was not given a name for the game, meaning he must play.
The Bears also moved receiver Isaiah Coulter and linebacker Sam Kamara from the training team 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 back Michal Brockers and running back Jermar Jefferson are questionable.
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