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With Bears looming, Lions have cornerback issues

Jacob Lacey AP

Earlier this year, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a simple message for the Packers cornerbacks:  “Good luck.”

The same can be said to the guys who’ll be covering Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester on Monday night, given that Detroit’s starting corners are injured.

Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) didn’t practice on Thursday.  If they can’t play on Monday night, the Lions could have a hard time containing the Chicago passing attack.

Potentially complicating matters is the fact that safety Louis Delmas didn’t practice, due to a lingering knee problem.  It could be precautionary, given that Delmas returned last week from an injury that had kept him out all season.

Limited in practice was defensive end Cliff Avril (back), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee), defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee), receiver Titus Young (knee), and defensive end Ronnell Lewis (eye).

The good news — if there is any — for the Lions secondary is that Bears receiver Devin Hester also missed practice on Thursday with a quad injury.  Of course, that won’t help them cover Brandon Marshall.

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49 Responses to “With Bears looming, Lions have cornerback issues”
  1. beefbus says: Oct 18, 2012 5:44 PM

    My goodness the Lions secondary has been a mess for years now. Delmas should just retire cause he can only play a game then he gets hurt again. Marshall should have another monster game.

  2. h3min1230 says: Oct 18, 2012 5:47 PM

    Bears by 20

  3. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 18, 2012 5:48 PM

    If they don’t protect against that D-Line, then the Lions won’t have to worry about their secondary.

  4. rg3andout says: Oct 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    jacob lacey………………….hahahaha is no real cb’s

  5. classactcalvin81 says: Oct 18, 2012 5:50 PM

    Wow these Bears and their fans r ridiculous can y’all do anything but talk trash all week b4 game time? I know one thing Cutler better have that chinstrap strapped up cause we comin for his little sissy head!!

  6. sadskinsfan89 says: Oct 18, 2012 5:51 PM

    Redskins will trade you d hall for a box of munchkins and a gift card to subway

  7. nashwaakkidd says: Oct 18, 2012 6:00 PM

    lions have cb issues, lions have character issues, lions have discipline issues, lions have coaching issues, other than stafford and megatron lions really have ,,,,, not much. not a jay quitler fan, but not suprised if he chucks for 400 yrds against this buncha jokers.

  8. latchbeam says: Oct 18, 2012 6:02 PM

    Cutler rarely throws to Hester… Rarely!

  9. zeeman911 says: Oct 18, 2012 6:09 PM

    It’s our special teams that cost us 2 losses, our total defense YPG is 9th best in the league! Me thinks cutler gonna be sitting on the bench again with a “sore” knee…..

  10. rockbottom37 says: Oct 18, 2012 6:13 PM

    Tha Bears most overrated team in NFL …Lions by 7

  11. beefbus says: Oct 18, 2012 6:22 PM

    “Tha Bears most overrated team in NFL …Lions by 7″

    A team can’t be overrated when they blow out teams they’re supposed to blow out. Like others have said, the Lions have a lot more issues than the Bears- discipline (16 penalties!), secondary is awful, and zero running game. The Bears are a complete team for the most part, and have remedied their bad O-line with a quick passing game and power running game.

  12. pudgalvin says: Oct 18, 2012 6:23 PM

    @zeeman: So you think your special teams woes are going to be fixed against Devin Hester?

  13. pudgalvin says: Oct 18, 2012 6:25 PM

    And zeeman, your defense’ points per game is 24th.

  14. charlesanakin says: Oct 18, 2012 6:27 PM

    Quality again by MF. Chris Houston is one of the Lions starting CB. And btw he’s a pretty good player.

  15. formyministy says: Oct 18, 2012 6:31 PM

    pudgalvin says:
    Oct 18, 2012 6:25 PM
    And zeeman, your defense’ points per game is 24th.

    ——
    hey genius, that points per game includes special teams touchdowns (they’ve had four against them) and touchdowns scored by the opposing teams defense (stafford’s pick six against st. louis, pettigrew’s fumble against tennessee)

  16. noeffinway says: Oct 18, 2012 6:34 PM

    pudgalvin says: Oct 18, 2012 6:25 PM

    And zeeman, your defense’ points per game is 24th.
    ————-
    Nope…….not all on the defense. Special teams have given up a pile of points.

  17. beefbus says: Oct 18, 2012 6:39 PM

    Points against is all that matters people. It doesn’t matter where the points come from.

  18. rmc1995 says: Oct 18, 2012 6:49 PM

    Cutler was 11-27 with 4 ints, and Marshall had 24 yards against Green Bay. If the same good luck can be said to the Lions, Cutler will get his second loss.

  19. sprtsfan1 says: Oct 18, 2012 6:52 PM

    Haha! Who cares? Your Special Teams still gave up the points. Special Teams is apart of the game. The Bears special Teams didn’t give up any points hence it didn’t go against their points allowed.

  20. notthathand says: Oct 18, 2012 6:58 PM

    beefbus says:
    Oct 18, 2012 6:39 PM
    Points against is all that matters people. It doesn’t matter where the points come from.

    It does when you say “your defense.”

  21. beefbus says: Oct 18, 2012 7:15 PM

    It does when you say “your defense.”

    ______________________

    Regarless, the team still loses.

  22. zeeman911 says: Oct 18, 2012 7:15 PM

    I will admit Hester has had his share of big plays against Detroit…… But, everyone knows that people from Chicago talk so much crap because deep down inside they really wish they were from the D!

  23. larryboodry says: Oct 18, 2012 7:17 PM

    rmc1995 says: Oct 18, 2012 6:49 PM

    “Cutler was 11-27 with 4 ints, and Marshall had 24 yards against Green Bay. If the same good luck can be said to the Lions, Cutler will get his second loss.”

    Not sure how Cutler’s stats against GB matter much here…If I were you, I’d worry about the 4 picks Stafford threw the last time he was in Soldier Field.

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 18, 2012 7:31 PM

    Alphonso Smith may not have the same long term value upside as Bentley, or maybe he does, it’s debatable, but either way he was much more likely to be useful for THIS year than Bentley, OR Lacey, OR Drayton Florence, ALL who made the team over him. That’s bologna.

  25. notthathand says: Oct 18, 2012 7:46 PM

    “If I were you, I’d worry about the 4 picks Stafford threw the last time he was in Soldier Field.”

    With a broken index finger.

    The Lions can win if they keep their intensity and composure at their 4th quarter level for the whole game.

  26. conormacleod says: Oct 18, 2012 7:52 PM

    Just don’t give the Bears defense easy pick 6’s and you have a shot to win. And, since the Bears will never put together three good games in a row, they won’t be in the Superbowl.

  27. smstonerock says: Oct 18, 2012 7:54 PM

    “The same can be said to the guys who’ll be covering Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester on Monday night, given that Detroit’s starting corners are injured”.

    Not true. Lacey is their nickel corner, not a starter. For some reason, everybody forgets about Chris Houston when talking about the Lions secondary, who is their #1 corner and actually pretty decent.

  28. larryboodry says: Oct 18, 2012 8:06 PM

    conormacleod says: Oct 18, 2012 7:52 PM

    “Just don’t give the Bears defense easy pick 6′s and you have a shot to win. And, since the Bears will never put together three good games in a row, they won’t be in the Superbowl.”

    Just like they won’t ever be 9-1 in their last ten games started by Jay Cutler…Oh, wait…Never mind.

  29. tucostacos says: Oct 18, 2012 8:25 PM

    No one in the history of ever has wished they were from Detroit…my gawd man, get a grip.

  30. notthathand says: Oct 18, 2012 8:29 PM

    “Just like they won’t ever be 9-1 in their last ten games started by Jay Cutler”

    As a Lions homer I have a lot of respect for Cutler surviving the Martz experiment and not getting killed. Our D-line will have to be sharp to control both him and Forte.

    Go Lions!

  31. ohiobears says: Oct 18, 2012 8:29 PM

    notthathand says: Oct 18, 2012 7:46 PM

    “If I were you, I’d worry about the 4 picks Stafford threw the last time he was in Soldier Field.”

    With a broken index finger.

    The Lions can win if they keep their intensity and composure at their 4th quarter level for the whole game.

    ==================================

    ….And the Bears can win if Jay cutler throws for 780 yards and 9 TD’s….The predictions seems rediculous with all the “what if” scenarios, you have to look at trends. Lions are like the punk 16 year old wannabe’s, and the Bears are just…Animals… No close games here…Henry Melton gets peeled off of Stafford all game as Bears D plays like the Bears D usually does, Dominating. Jay will have a mediocre/slightly above average game chucking the rock over a banged up 2nd team secondary.

  32. notthathand says: Oct 18, 2012 8:42 PM

    “predictions seems rediculous with all the “what if” scenarios, you have to look at trends.”

    the last ‘trends’ I saw was the Lions coming back in the 4th quarter to beat the Eagles, and the Bears beating up the (shudder) Jaguars. The Bears might win, but no ‘trends’ indicate your predictions either. FWIW I think Cutler will have a better game than what you describe. And so will Stafford.

    Go Lions!

  33. claymath52 says: Oct 18, 2012 8:43 PM

    Maybe the Bears can add another W to that impressive winning record they have against the outstanding lineup of teams so far (Colts, Jags, Rams, Cowboys). Very Impressive….

  34. tucostacos says: Oct 18, 2012 8:53 PM

    Oh, the Colts team that beat GB, the Cowboy team that killed the Giants, the Rams team that beat the 4-2 Seahawks?

    All a team can do is beat the teams they are supposed and split the tough games. Next time think before you type…

  35. jmoonraker says: Oct 18, 2012 8:57 PM

    Cutler is the same QB he was in Denver… That’s why they dumped him. Systems quarterback. Without Forte and their (admittedly) solid defense the Bears are toast. Bears l

  36. ohiobears says: Oct 18, 2012 8:59 PM

    Fathead we can only play who they tell us to play idiot. And notinhand curlers interceptions go through the roof in primetime, luckily so does peppers gameplay. I wouldn’t expect too much from cutler…

  37. ohiobears says: Oct 18, 2012 9:03 PM

    oh yeah taco’s, Colts didn’t beat GB, GB beat GB right? Their combined record through the last two seasons is like 25-1, they’ve only lost to themselves I believe…

  38. daaabears says: Oct 18, 2012 9:21 PM

    zeeman911 says:
    Oct 18, 2012 7:15 PM
    I will admit Hester has had his share of big plays against Detroit…… But, everyone knows that people from Chicago talk so much crap because deep down inside they really wish they were from the D!
    ————
    Yeah, I’ve been looking to buy one of those reclaimed 10 dollar houses and get murdered trying to defend it the first night.

    I was happy to see the Lions become a factor in the division finally, but you gotta knock off the boneheaded stuff (on and off the field).
    This is a division game and a lot of stats fly out the door because we know each other so well. Should be a fun game to watch. Go Bears!

  39. diggittey says: Oct 18, 2012 9:33 PM

    Bears are just a better team than the Lions. They are better in all 3 phases. They are better coached. They are at home and coming off a bye. Yes, Calvin Johnson is all world. But that’s about it. Id take Cutler over Stafford as Staffords been woefully inaccurate this year. I like the Bears front 4 over the Lions too.

    Im thinking that you’re going to see some dirty play from Detroit too. Just seems that’s there niche!

    Also, Bears deserve some props because they really are a top 6 team in the nfl right now, however, they’re not gonna get the overall respect they deserve until they beat Green Bay…and that’s fine by me!

  40. jimmylions says: Oct 18, 2012 9:56 PM

    Chicago folks filled with trash talk seem to have forgotten that last year when the Lions played the Bears in prime time, the Bears got smacked around and embarrassed on national TV.

    Urlacher lost his temper when Javid Best made it look like your defense stayed home. Cutler got creamed so many times he deserved a medal just for hanging in there — after that night I will never doubt Jay Cutler’s toughness.

    I’m sure the whole world will pick the Bears over the Lions, just like last week when the whole world picked the Eagles over the Lions.

    It’s us against the world, and that’s the way we like it! Go Lions!

  41. motownlion says: Oct 18, 2012 9:57 PM

    RE: “Tucostacos”…

    I’m “Born and bred” in Detorit. I’ve had my share of ups and downs due to the economy but yet, I still thrive. Before you make broad statements against this city, know what you’re talking about.Detroit saved Chicago during “Prohabition”( Al Capone was nothing without the and Purple Gang). Sent FireFighters to your aid during the “Great Chicago Fire”, and saved you alot of grief by kicking the Sox’s butt all MLB Season..”No one wishes they’re fron Detroit?, well you must be a suburbanite who never ventures downtown cause the “South” side of Chicago is a damn war zone compared to the “D”. Weren’t you guys just in the news about the highest murder and unsolved crime rate in America? Don’t throw stones in glass houses.

  42. chi01town says: Oct 18, 2012 10:07 PM

    Dont like it… LIVE WITH IT….dont except it… Swallow it… cant take it.. fake it..an CANT STOP IT.. DROP IT.. This is the Chicago Bears year. an for Lions fans knowing it is Not enough they have to SEE IT

  43. larryboodry says: Oct 18, 2012 10:07 PM

    jmoonraker says: Oct 18, 2012 8:57 PM

    “Cutler is the same QB he was in Denver… That’s why they dumped him. Systems quarterback. Without Forte and their (admittedly) solid defense the Bears are toast. Bears l”

    Actually, Denver didn’t dump him, he asked to be traded when McDaniels basically stabbed him in the back to go after Cassel…Jay’s record with a bad Broncos team was 17-20 and a Pro Bowl appearance, his record in Chicago is 28-18 overall, 23-9 in his last 32, 9-1 in his last 10.

    As to your ‘without Forte and the defense’ comment, you’re right, even though a similar statement could be made about every team in the NFL…Without Cutler, too, as was proven last year.

  44. traveye99 says: Oct 18, 2012 11:20 PM

    @chi01town I am a Bears fan and your posts annoy me.

  45. smstonerock says: Oct 19, 2012 12:46 AM

    pudgalvin says:

    “And zeeman, your defense’ points per game is 24th.”

    Zeeman’s point is valid. Take away the 28 kick/punt return points and the Lions’s D is ranked 16th.

  46. tgriffin2012 says: Oct 19, 2012 2:14 PM

    Cutler, a systems QB???? Hell Cutler is a playmaker, a gun slinger and anything but a systems QB!!! The guy done had like 3 OC since he has been with the Bears and all three ( Ron Turner, Mike Martz and Mike Tice ) all have different systems! Know your football moron before you post!!!!!!
    Cutler is well on his way to becoming mentioned in the upper tier of QB’s not like that 1 year wonderbum Stafford! Oh, yeah before you post another stupid comment Staaford is more injury prone than Cutler, look at those stats!!!!!

  47. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 19, 2012 3:55 PM

    CB*

  48. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 19, 2012 3:56 PM

    Looks like MF was asleep at the wheel again. Chris Houston is our #1 starting CB who will be defending Marshall. Not too worried about Hester or Bennett at WR, and I’m relieved and happy we don’t have to face Alshon Jeffery. Delmas wasn’t fully recovered for last game (@80% health by his own words I believe), so I’m sure he just had the day off as extra recovery.

  49. twelsh36446 says: Oct 22, 2012 11:01 AM

    The Bear’s fans are the most arrogant fans in any sport. They were arrogant when they said the White Sox were going to the World Series, but the Detroit Tigers shut them up real fast towards the end of the year when the Sox choked. They are arrogant now because they are 4-1 and all 4 teams they beat are the worst in the NFL, and the one that beat them isn’t much better.

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