The Detroit Lions will play without wide receiver Marvin Jones and running back Kerryon Johnson after both players suffered knee injuries in the days before Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
With 35 receptions for 508 yards and five touchdowns, Jones has been hugely impactful to the Lions’ defense line this season. Johnson has also racked up some great numbers which leave Detroit vulnerable as they face first-place Chicago Bears.
As a consolation, the Bears also have injury concerns. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is expected to miss the game after he was injured in his right shoulder on Sunday by Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith. The 24-year-old, is a right-hander, meaning the injury could have affected his performance had the Bears chosen to play him.
Trubisky was drafted just two years ago as a No. 2 pick and has become one of Chicago’s most fierce quarterbacks. The 24-year-old will be in the companionship of teammates Aaron Lynch and Adam Shaheen in the injury reserve. Both Lynch and Shaheen suffered concussions in Sunday’s win over the Vikings.
In New Orleans, the Saints will welcome defense end Marcus Davenport who was out in the last one month with a toe injury as they face the Atlanta Falcons.