Injury Report: Once again for the Bears, everyone was in attendance for practice. Pisa Tinoisamoa dressed but did not participate. The Lions announced that Drew Stanton their third-string QB would start on Sunday, due to injuries to Matthew Stafford (shoulder), and Shaun Hill (finger). Other Lions held out of practice were DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (neck), and K Jason Hansen (knee). RB Jahvid Best (toe), WR Nate Burleson (hamstring), LB DeAndre Levy (groin), and TE Tony Scheffler (rib), all were held to limited participation.
Insult Report: Though Drew Stanton wasn't thrilled to hear it, Nate Burleson guaranteed a Lions win Sunday. According to Detroit News.com, Burleson guaranteed the win, immediately after it was announced Stanton would make the start. "Yeah, I said we're going to win," Burleson said. "We only have five games left and my goal is to finish 7-9. Like I've been saying all year, we don't have a team on our schedule that we can't beat."
Maybe not, but there's nine teams that were on the schedule, they didn't beat.
Drew Stanton also had some carefully chosen words, regarding his work with Mike Martz, when Martz was the offensive coordinator in Detroit. It seems Martz tried to change basically all of Stanton's mechanics. Asked if he retained any of the fundamentals he was taught by Martz he said, "Not a single one."
They Couldn't Wait Until After The Patriots Came To Town? The Chicago Park District has replaced the sod in Soldier Field. The field was a little 'choppy' Sunday against Philadelphia, after the Prep Bowl was played there the preceding Friday. If Seattle can have its '12th Man' be it's noisy crowd, why shouldn't Chicago have itself an extra home field advantage?