The Detroit Lions will likely be lacking each working again Kerryon Johnson and huge receiver Marvin Jones for Thursday’s recreation towards Chicago due to knee accidents.
Jones injured his proper knee when the Lions misplaced to the Bears in Chicago on Nov. 11 and can miss his second straight recreation. Johnson injured his left knee towards Carolina on Sunday, and the rookie, who’s Detroit’s main rusher, will miss the primary recreation of his profession.
Jones has 35 catches for 508 yards and 5 touchdowns this 12 months. The Lions will seemingly look to TJ Jones and Andy Jones on the skin and Bruce Ellington within the slot to exchange Jones reverse prime receiver Kenny Golladay.
Johnson has rushed 118 instances for 641 yards and three touchdowns to go together with 32 catches for 213 yards this season. Detroit will use a three-back committee of LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner towards Chicago.
“We’ll simply strive to get as many reps or no matter conditions give you the fellows and see how they deal with them,” Lions coach Matt Patricia mentioned of his working backs. “For us it is simply, once more, I’d have a tendency to lean extra in direction of what all people does properly and hopefully we are able to simply go out and execute. I feel these guys do have fairly good ability units, I’d say it is greater than in all probability simply linear.
“I feel there’s fairly just a few issues in there that they will do properly and within the recreation and totally different sides. So, we’re simply going to have to do a superb job of making an attempt to give you these conditions.”
The quick week additionally leaves the Lions with seven gamers questionable — six of them key offensive or defensive contributors, together with Ellington (again), tight finish Michael Roberts (shoulder), defensive linemen Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), Damon “Snacks” Harrison (shoulder) and A’Shawn Robinson (ankle) and cornerback Darius Slay (knee).
Detroit didn’t observe Monday and held walk-throughs on Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare for the Bears with the fast turnaround.