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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Bears at Lions on Thanksgiving: Inside linebacker Rokan Smith out of Week 12 game with hamstring injury

The Chicago Bears will look to move on from an awkward two days and focus on topping the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Thursday.

We’ve got updates throughout the day for Week 12’s game.

injury update

Inside linebacker Rokan Smith the Bears left the game on the Lions’ first drive of the second quarter, briefly went into the injury tent and then stayed on the sidelines with his helmet on. The Bears announced that he was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Outside linebacker Sam Kamara has been ruled out with an injury.

Running behind the Lions, D’Andre Swift also went down in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Halftime: Bears 13, Lions 7

Andy Dalton threw for 220 yards and a touchdown and Cairo Santos scored two field goals to help the Bears to a 13-7 halftime lead 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 Oruvarie later picked up Dalton’s pass for Damier Bird in the end zone in the second quarter, but the Lions went nowhere on their drive and gave the ball back to the Bears with 1:09 to play in the half.

Santos scored a 43-yard field goal to end the half.

The Bears defense, which started poorly, was late in the second quarter.

As outside linebacker Robert Quinn took down quarterback Jared Goff, Travis Gipson punched the ball and retrieved it. Officers originally called Goff down, but Matt Nagy challenged the call and it was overturned.

The Bears introduced Artie Burns in place of second-year corner Kindle Wildor, who struggled against the Ravens on Sunday, which included their game-winning campaign.

The Lions picked Burns almost immediately. On his first drive, wide receiver Josh Reynolds beat Burns to catch a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to take a 7-0 lead with 9:33 to play in the first quarter.

The Bears got a 10-yard line on the drive with Dalton having a 33-yard pass to Mooney and a 17-yard pass to Graham, who made a good, low grab. But Dalton threw back-to-back imperfections into the end zone in second and third, the latter nearly an interception by Oruvarie before the tight end was knocked down by Jesse James.

Santos then scored a 28-yard field goal to reduce the Lions’ lead to 7-3 with 13:24 to play in the second quarter.

Week 12 Inactives Announced

Bears wide receiver Alan Robinson will miss Thursday’s game against the Lions as he is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Robinson was listed as doubtful to play for after not practicing for a full week.

The Bears previously announced quarterback Justin Fields (ribs) would not play due to their injuries, leaving behind Damien Williams (calf) and defensive lineman Akim Hicks (ankle).

Also up for the Bears are inactive cornerback Tees Tabor, tight end Jesper Horstad and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr.

Bears safety Eddie Jackson will return from a hamstring injury after missing the last two games.

For the Lions, wide receiver Trinity Benson, quarterback David Blow, outside linebacker Trey Flower, and offensive linemen Matt Nelson and Halapoliwati Waitai are inactive.

Justin Fields Update

NFL Network reported On Thursday, an MRI on rookie QB Justin Fields’ ribs showed he had “small fractures” in some of his ribs.

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It’s not a major injury, but worse than the outlet’s original report that early tests showed his ribs were bruised.

“We’re really lucky that it’s not long-term; it’s definitely not an IR thing,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said at his pregame show at WBBM-AM 780. “It’s a day-to-day thing. We’ll tackle this game. The good thing about it is that after this game you’ll have some extra time to reevaluate not only Justin but some other people, keep them healthy.” Do, and prepare them to roll.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said earlier this week that he did not know whether the injury came from a single game or multiple hits. Fields abandoned Sunday’s loss to the Ravens at the start of 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.

This week at Halas Hall…

After the Bears’ fifth straight loss on Sunday against the Ravens, their short week preparing for the Lions was interrupted by a report that the Bears planned to sack coach Matt Nagy after the Thanksgiving game. Bears president George McCaskey told players and coaches that the report is not accurate according to Athletic, but it has put a wrinkle in the team’s preparations.

Now the Bears will try to remove that distraction from their minds as they prepare to start Dalton for the first time since 19 September. Dalton will start in place of Fields, who is recovering from a rib injury sustained during the game. Ravens.

Meanwhile, the 0-9-1 Lions will try for their first win of the season behind quarterback Jared Goff, who has recovered from an oblique injury and is expected to start over, according to NFL Network.

injury report

The Bears listed wide receiver Alan Robinson (hamstring) as a suspect, while Fields, defensive lineman Akim Hicks (ankle) and Damien Williams (calf) were ruled out to run back.

Safety Eddie Jackson (hamstrings) and Tashaun Gipson Sr. (chest), defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (ribs) and receiver Marquis Goodwin (shoulders) were listed as suspects, while wide receiver Darnell Mooney (legs) was limited on Wednesday. Was but not given a designation for the game, meaning that he should play.

The Bears changed receiver Isaiah Coulter and linebacker Sam Kamara from the practice squad 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 Halapouliwati Waitai are out, and defensive end Michelle Brockers and Jermer Jefferson are running back.

Missing something this week? Catch up before kickoff (11:30 am, FOX-32).

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