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Bears at Lions: Everything you need to know about the Week 12 game before the Thanksgiving kickoff — including an update on QB Justin Fields


The Chicago Bears will try to move past a strange couple of days and focus on topping the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Ford Field.

We’ve got updates all day for the Week 12 game.

Week 12 inactives announced

Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson will not play in Thursday’s game against the Lions as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Robinson was listed as doubtful to play after he didn’t practice all week.

The Bears previously announced quarterback Justin Fields (ribs), running back Damien Williams (calf) and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) would not play because of their injuries.

Also inactive for the Bears are cornerback Teez Tabor, tight end Jesper Horsted and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr.

Bears safety Eddie Jackson will make his return from a hamstring injury after he missed the last two games.

For the Lions, wide receiver Trinity Benson, quarterback David Blough, outside linebacker Trey Flowers, and offensive linemen Matt Nelson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai are inactive.

Justin Fields update

NFL Network reported Thursday that an MRI on rookie QB Justin Fields’ ribs showed he had “tiny fractures” in a few of his ribs.

It’s not a major injury, but worse than the outlet’s original report that initial tests showed his ribs were just bruised.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said earlier this week he didn’t know whether the injury was from a single play or multiple hits. Fields left Sunday’s loss to the Ravens early in the third quarter after he was taken down on a 6-yard run.

Thursday is the first game he has missed since he took over as Bears starter for then-injured Andy Dalton in Week 3.

At Halas Hall this week …

After the Bears’ fifth straight loss Sunday against the Ravens, their short week to get ready for the Lions was disrupted by a report that the Bears planned to fire coach Matt Nagy after the Thanksgiving game. Bears Chairman George McCaskey told players and coaches that report was not true, according to the Athletic, but it still put a wrinkle in the team’s preparations.

Now the Bears will try to put that distraction out of their minds as they get ready to start Dalton for the first time since Sept. 19. Dalton will start in place of Fields, who is recovering from a ribs injury he suffered during the game against the Ravens.

Meanwhile, the 0-9-1 Lions will try for their first win of the season behind quarterback Jared Goff, who recovered from an oblique injury and is expected to start, according to NFL Network.

Matt Nagy met with Bears ownership before Tuesday’s 2nd walk-through, sources say, and later canceled the rest of the day’s meetings

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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