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.
After the Bears’ fifth straight loss against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, their short week to prepare 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 take that distraction out of their minds as they prepare to start quarterback Andy Dalton for the first time since Sept. 19. Dalton will replace Justin Fields, who is recovering from a rib injury. Game against 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.
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.