The Detroit Lions will be without a key starter on both sides of the football today in Chicago because of injury.
All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay will miss his first game of the season due to a knee injury. Slay, who leads the Lions with two interceptions and seven passes defended on the year, was ruled out on Friday's injury report. Look for the Lions to replace him with either DeShawn Shead or Teez Tabor, or Detroit could move Nevin Lawson back to the outside and use someone else in the nickel cornerback spot.
Detroit will also be without starting right guard T.J. Lang because of a neck injury. Lang was injured last week trying to make a play on the fumble Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter scooped up and scored on. Like Slay, Lang didn't practice all week.
Veteran Kenny Wiggins is likely to start in place of Lang against a Bears' defense that gets outside linebacker Khalil Mack back from injury – he missed the last two games with an ankle injury – and ranks fifth in total defense and seventh in sacks (24).
The Lions will also be without a couple key reserves on defense in linebackers Eli Harold (shoulder) and Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck). Harold has chipped in three sacks on the year and Reeves-Maybin has 11 tackles and plays a key role on special teams.
Tight end Luke Willson will also be inactive today due to a shoulder injury. He was limited in practice all week. Willson leads Detroit's tight end group with 11 catches and 75 yards. Expect second-year tight end Michael Roberts and veteran Levine Toilolo to pick up the slack in Willson's place.
Rounding out Detroit's inactives today are newly signed wide receiver Bruce Ellington and reserve tackle Andrew Donnal.