ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions say defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and linebacker DeAndre Levy will not play Sunday against the Chicago Bears because of injuries.
The Chicago Bears have not won a game this season, and they have not beaten the Detroit Lions since 2012. Chicago is 0-3 for the second time in as many seasons under coach John Fox and would match its worst start since 2000 with a loss Sunday against Detroit. The last time the Bears beat the Lions (1-2) was when they took both games in 2012.
The Detroit Lions were well on their way to a blowout loss last week, digging themselves a 31-3 hole at Green Bay. Then Marvin Jones Jr. ripped off a 73-yard touchdown catch to give some momentum to Detroit. The Lions still lost, 34-27, but Jones’ impact on the team has been undeniable.
Rookie running back Jordan Howard knew he would get an opportunity to carry the ball for the Chicago Bears if he stayed patient and worked hard. The Bears’ fifth-round draft pick out of Indiana is expected to make his first start Sunday against the Detroit Lions because of injuries to teammates Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey. “It definitely is kind of weird,” Howard told the Chicago Sun-Times.
As coach Mike McCarthy excused his players late Monday afternoon for the start of their bye week, sentiments about having the break so soon on their schedule were mixed. The passing game appears to be on better footing after a big first half by Aaron Rodgers and his receivers in the 34-27 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Especially when injuries to several key players left the defense short-handed against the Lions.