Lions cornerback Jacob Lacey will not play Monday night against the Bears.
The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions meet for a NFC North showdown on Monday night at Soldier Field, and following practice on Saturday, the teams released their injury reports for the game.
Here they are:
Bears Injury Report
Out: WR Alshon Jeffery (Hand).
Questionable: CB Sherrick McManis (CB)
Probable: WR Devin Hester (Quad), LB Blake Costanzo (Thumb)
Lions Injury Report
Out: CB Jacob Lacey (Concussion)
Doubtful: CB Bill Bentley (Shoulder)
Questionable: DT Corey Williams (Knee)
Probable: DE Cliff Avril (Back), S Louis Delmas (Knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew ( Knee), LB Stephen Tulloch (Knee), WR Titus Young (Knee), DE Ronnell Lewis (Eye)
While the Bears will be without their #2 wide receiver in rookie Alshon Jeffery, their receivers should still have plenty of opportunities to make plays, since the Lions will likely playing without two of their top three cornerbacks in Jacob Lacey and Bill Bentley.
Lacey started at right cornerback for the Lions on Sunday against the Eagles, but left the game with a concussion, and didn't practice all week. As you can see above, he has already been ruled out for Monday night.
Bentley is currently listed as "doubtful" with a shoulder injury. The rookie started three games for the Lions this season.
Assuming Bentley is also out, the Lions will be down to three cornerbacks against the Bears. Either rookie sixth-round pick Jonte Green, or Alphonso Smith (re-signed by the Lions this week) will get the start opposite cornerback Chris Houston. Green's shown promise in his limited playing time, but he's also shown that he's indeed a rookie. The 27-year-old Smith was cut by the Lions in August, and had eight interceptions over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, starting 11 games over that span. He's been known to make some gaffes in coverage and give up the big play (perfect example).
For the Bears, things are looking pretty good health-wise. We knew that Jeffery would be out for the next few games with a fractured hand. So with that in mind, to have Sherrick McManis -- a bottom-of-the-depth-chart cornerback on the team mainly for special teams -- as the only player 50/50 or worse to play, is a situation you can't complain about in the seventh week of the season. Additionally, the Bears signed Zackary Bowman to potentially replace McManis for the game.
You'll also notice that fullback/tight end Evan Rodriguez is not even listed on the injury report, which comes as a pleasant surprise after the Bears signed tight end Brody Eldridge earlier in the week.
H/T: ChicagoBears.Com; Detroit Free Press
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