The Bears are still trying to figure out who they’ll have starting for them at quarterback against the Lions this weekend, but it is looking increasingly likely that the Lions won’t have defensive end Ziggy Ansah chasing down whoever gets the nod for Chicago.
Ansah sprained his ankle in the Lions’ victory over the Cowboys in Week Eight and has not been able to participate in any of the team’s practices since returning to work off their bye this week. Ansah has recorded three sacks on the year, although none has come since early October and that fruitless stretch is mirrored by the Lions’ own inability to generate more than four sacks over the last four games.
Devin Taylor will likely start in Ansah’s place in the event Ansah can’t play. If he and the rest of the Lions can generate some pass rush, it will make life much easier on the Lions secondary and give them an important edge in this week’s battle for positioning in the NFC North.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that cornerback Bill Bentley and tackle Corey Hilliard are also unlikely to be in the lineup for Week 10.