Lions Vs. Bears: Detroit Implodes, Loses 37-13 To Chicago

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Lions Vs. Bears Score Update: Chicago Leads Detroit 20-6 At Halftime

The Chicago Bears lead the Detroit Lions 20-6 at halftime, in a game filled with big plays.

After Chicago took advantage two Detroit fumbles to score ten points in the first quarter, the Bears utilized a pair of big punt returns by Devin Hester to set up their next ten points.

Hester was knocked out of bound by Detroit punter Robert Malone giving the Bears the ball at midfield after a 29 yard return by Hester. The Bears drive stalled inside the red zone and Robbie Gould tacked on a 35-yard field goal. 

On Hester's next opportunity he left no doubt, taking a long punt from Malone and out-running the Lions defenders down the sideline before finding the end zone for a touchdown to put the Bears up 20-0.

Then it was the Lions turn to finally earn a break as they fell on a Jay Cutler fumble deep in Chicago territory at the 20 yard line. The Lions were unable to take advantage of the short field, though having to settle for a Jason Hanson 29-yard field goal.

Later the Lions put together an impressive 18-play drive that stalled at the 17 yard line after a Julius Peppers sack. Jason Hanson knocked in the 35-yard field goal.

Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed a 43-yard field goal at the end of the half, leaving the Bears ahead at the break, 20-6.

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Lions Vs. Bears Score Update: Chicago Leads Detroit 10-0 After First Quarter

The Chicago Bears lead the Detroit Lions, 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Bears took advantage of two Detroit turnovers, cashing both in for points following the change of possession.

After a short pass to Calvin Johnson, Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers forced a fumble while slamming Johnson to the ground. Brian Urlacher scooped up the loose ball for the Bears giving Chicago a short field to start on offense at the Detroit 30 yard line.

Chicago running back Matt Forte took over from there as the Bears took advantage of a Detroit penalty which moved the ball to the 12 yard line. Forte reeled off two 6-yard runs, the second breaking the goal line for a Chicago touchdown.

The second Detroit turnover came after what looked like a nice first down reception by Nate Burleson. Matthew Stafford hit Burleson on an out for the first down and then Burleson tippy-toed down the sidelines before defensive back Tim Jennings knocked the ball out from behind then received a friendly bounce which kept the ball in bounds for Jennings to fall on. The Bears were back in business with the ball at their own 38 yard line.

After a couple of pass completions and a another Detroit penalty, the Bears had to settle for Robbie Gould 43-yard field goal.

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Detroit Lions Injury Report And Inactive List, Week 10: Kevin Smith And Jason Hanson Active

As expected, the Lions will be without running back Jahvid Best and punter Ryan Donahue today vs. the Bears. Sammie Hill, who missed a day of practice during the week, is active. 

There were some questions surrounding veteran kicker Jason Hanson, who had a minor knee surgery on his left knee (of his planting leg), but he is listed as active and will handle the kicking duties in the Windy City. 

Kevin Smith, who was signed during the bye week, will dress and could get playing time. He has only a week of practice under his belt, but because he was with the team from 2008-2010, he's probably pretty familiar with the offense. Leonard Davis, on the other hand, will probably need more time to get familiar with it before he sees action, so he's inactive this week. 

Here's the full list of Detroit Lions inactives:

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Jahvid Best Injury: Detroit Lions Running Back Out Vs. Chicago Bears

Jahvid Best has officially been rulled out for the Detroit Lions game against the Chicago Bears this Sunday. It was speculated that would be the case all week, but Friday's official injury report confirmed everything already rumored.

Best, still suffering from the symptoms of the two concussions he has sustained this season, will be replaced in the starting lineup by back-up running back Maurice Morris.

In a bit of a surprise, Best was the only player officially ruled out this week for the Lions. Punter Ryan Donahue was expected to be scratched, but he's listed as questionable due to the right quad injury he suffered while trying to replace Jason Hanson as a practice kicker.

As far as Hanson is concerned, he seems to have recovered nicely from his left knee injury and is currently listed as probable. The other two significant names on the injury report -- quarterback Matthew Stafford and tight end Brandon Pettigrew -- are also probable after being full participants in Friday's practice.

The final injury report can be viewed in its entirety below.

POS. NAME INJURY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY STATUS
RB Jahvid Best Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
DT Sammie Hill Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable
WR Rashied Davis Foot LP LP LP Probable
S Louis Delmas Foot Not Listed LP LP Questionable
P Ryan Donahue Right Quad LP LP LP Questionable
K Jason Hanson Left Knee DNP LP LP Probable
TE Brandon Pettigrew Elbow FP FP FP Probable
QB Matthew Stafford Finger(Right)/Ankle FP FP FP Probable
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed Not Listed Not Listed

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Detroit Lions Injury Report, Week 10: Jason Hanson Returns To Practice

The Detroit Lions will most likely be without starting running back Jahvid Best, or so say the reports thus far this week, but Thursday's injury report revealed some other interesting tidbits heading into Sunday's game with the Denver Broncos. Most notably is probably the status of the kicking game.

Both kicker Jason Hanson and punter Ryan Donahue were listed as limited during Thursday's practice. Hanson missed Wednesday's practice entirely so it's a positive that he was able to at least go through some sort of kicking practice on Thursday, but the Donahue injury is a bit more ... interesting.

On Wednesday, Detroit Lions punter Ryan Donahue injured his quad trying to kick in place of Jason Hanson, who had a knee injury. It's unclear the extent of his injury, but according to Dave Birkett, Donohue didn't practice on Thursday and doesn't plan on testing his quad until Friday. The team worked out three punters in his palce: Matt DodgeRobert Malone and Glenn Pakulak.

Aside from Best, cornerback Sammie Hill was the only play unable to practice on Thursday. Aside from Donahue, safety Louis Delmas was the only other change on Thursday. He apparently suffered a foot injury in Wednesday's practice that left him "limited" on Thursday.

The full injury report is available below.

Detroit Lions Week 10 Injury Report
POS. NAME INJURY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY STATUS
RB Jahvid Best Concussion DNP DNP    
P Ryan Donahue Right Quad LP LP    
DT Sammie Hill Ankle DNP DNP    
WR Rashied Davis Foot LP LP    
S Louis Delmas Foot Not Listed LP    
K Jason Hanson Left Knee DNP LP    
TE Brandon Pettigrew Elbow FP FP    
QB Matthew Stafford Finger(Right)/Ankle FP FP    
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch Not Injury Related DNP Not Listed    

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Detroit Lions Injury Report, Week 10: Jahvid Best Missed Practice, Matthew Stafford Did Not

The Detroit Lions will face the Chicago Bears this weekend as they try to keep a firm grasp on the NFC North's runner-up spot. According to the first official injury report of the week, however, it seems as though the Lions will once again have to do it without running back Jahvid Best.

Best, still suffering the repercussions from a pair of concussions sustained earlier in the season, was one of four players not to practice for Detroit on Wednesday. It doesn't exactly mean anything as Wednesday's aren't critical to determining statuses for the weekend's game, but Tuesday's news led most to believe Best will be out this week.

Jahvid Best is still recovering from a concussion, and it looks like he is unlikely to play this coming Sunday in a key NFC North matchup against the Chicago Bears. ESPN is reporting that he is likely out of Sunday's game, meaning Maurice Morris will likely get the start in his place:

"Best, who has dealt with concussions dating back to college, is scheduled to meet with more doctors this week and will undergo further testing, the source said."

Jason Hanson, Sammie Hill and Kyle Vanden Bosch were the only other Lions players that didn't practice, though Vanden Bosch's absence was not due to injury issues. Hanson, the team's veteran kicker, has an injury bad enough to warrant working out other kickers.

Matthew Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew, Rashied Davis and Ryan Donahue were all listed on the injury report as well, though the two key players -- Stafford and Pettigrew -- both were full participants while the latter two were limited.

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