The Detroit Lions will be without several key players at Soldier Field to play the NFC North leading Chicago Bears today. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
Cornerback Darius Slay (knee) will miss first game this season. He didn’t practice all week and his status was announced on Friday.
Right guard T.J. Lang (neck) has suffered from a variety of injuries this season and also missed games in Weeks 2 and 5. The LIons announced on Friday that he wouldn’t play today.
Linebacker Eli Harold (shoulder) was added to the inactive list on Saturday.
Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck) and tight end Luke Willson (shoulder) will not play. They were listed as questionable on Friday.
Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) will play in his second game.
Running back Kerryon Johnson (ankle) was questionable but is a go.
Running back Zach Zenner, who was released in September with a back injury, was re-signed on Tuesday and is active today. Expect to see him on special teams.
Other Lions’ inactives: Wide receiver Bruce Ellington and offensive lineman Andrew Donnal.
The Lions are barely hanging in the NFC North race with a 3-5 record. Today’s game could be a turning point in the season.