The Bears are healthy. The Lions are not.
The Detroit Lions are going to be headed to Chicago down two of their best players. The team released their final injury report for Week 10 on Friday and both cornerback Darius Slay and starting right guard T.J. Lang are listed as OUT this week for the Bears game. Both players were not able to make it out on the practice field all week.
Missing both players could be extremely harmful for the Lions, as their absences will play right into the Bearsâ€™ strengths. Kenny Wiggins is expected to replace Lang on the offensive line, and heâ€™ll have to deal with the likes of Akiem Hicks and potentially Eddie Goldman , one of the best run-stopping duos youâ€™ll see among NFL interior defensive linemen. Wiggins has played quite a bit in relief for Lang, but he has consistently struggled.
The Lionsâ€™ secondary has also had a ton of issues this year, and without their best player, the outlook seems grim for the Lions this week. With Slay out, Nevin Lawson becomes the teamâ€™s No. 1 cornerback, with either Teez Tabor or DeShawn Shead picking up the slack at the other outside cornerback position. Tabor is the only cornerback in the NFL that has allowed a perfect passer rating this season, while Shead has been on and off the roster this year.
Meanwhile, the Bears are expected to have receiving threats Allen Robinson II and potentially tight end Adam Shaheen back this week. Thatâ€™s a rough combination of injury luck for a Lions pass defense that is already allowing the third-highest passer rating and ranks 30th in DVOA.
Here is the full injury report for Week 10:
Lions injury report
G T.J. Lang
(neck) – OUT
CB Darius Slay (knee) – OUT
LB Eli Harold (shoulder) – Doubtful
DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) – Questionable
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck) – Questionable
RB Kerryon Johnson (ankle) – Questionable
TE Luke Willson (shoulder) – Questionable