Bears vs. Lions: Chicago mostly healthy heading into Week 7

Jonathan Daniel

Although the Chicago Bears aren't required to put out an official injury report until Thursday afternoon, it appears every opening-day starter with the exception of Alshon Jeffery should be ready to go against the Detroit Lions.

The Chicago Bears are required to release an official injury report before Thursday, but head coach Lovie Smith felt comfortable enough with the health of the team on Wednesday that he gave a general "all clear" sign to reporters. Rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hand) will miss the game due to injury, but every other starter is rested and ready to take on the Detroit Lions on Monday night, according to Smith (via ESPN Chicago):

"We had a few other guys that had some bumps and bruises. That's why you do want to get the bye week to be able to (heal); and having this extra day also has to help. There are no issues with any of our players as far as I'm concerned that had things like that. They should be good to go."

Wide receiver Earl Bennett was back at practice on Wednesday for the Bears, so even with Jeffery out there will still be a replacement weapon for Jay Cutler to use when Brandon Marshall can't break free from the Lions' defense.

Chicago and Detroit are set to meet in prime time at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football in Week 7. It will be the second MNF appearance for the Bears this season. They destroyed the Dallas Cowboys, 34-18, on Monday Night Football back in Week 4.

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