Lions Injury Report: Top Defender Ruled out, Others Questionable

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Getty Lions defensive end Trey Flowers gets a hug on the sidelines.

The Detroit Lions came out of a tough battle against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3 with relatively good health, but they will be down at least one member for their battle in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears.

This week, linebacker Trey Flowers will once again be sat down after not being able to come through injury fast enough. He will miss his second straight game against the Bears, and represent a decent-sized loss for the team’s defense. Otherwise, some players will still have their statuses up in the air for Sunday.

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What do the final designations look like? Here’s a look at how everything shakes out as the Lions are coming into a new week against an old rival.


Lions Week 4 Injury Report vs. Bears

  • Trey Flowers, Linebacker. No practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. OUT (shoulder/knee).
  • Michael Brockers, Defensive End. Limited practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. QUESTIONABLE (shoulder)
  • Romeo Okwara, Linebacker. Limited practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. QUESTIONABLE (shoulder).
  • D’Andre Swift, Running back. Limited practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. QUESTIONABLE (groin).
  • Obviously, these are some of the usual suspects for the Lions lately given the repeated presence of Flowers, Brockers, Okwara and Swift. The Lions have been trying to keep Brockers and Swift healthy since training camp and the preseason, and it seems that neither is in too bad of shape with this injury and should likely play. Okwara is a bit dinged up, but played through the pain in Week 3, and barring a setback, the expectation is he will be able to do that for the Lions once more in Week 4. Flowers will remain a significant loss for Detroit’s defense given he cannot suit up again.


    Lions vs. Bears Primer

    The Lions and the Bears represent one of the more classic rivalries in the league thanks to the age of both teams and their proximity to one another. So far this season, both team have scuffled to start the year, and that is true even though the Bears have picked up a win for a 1-2 record while the 0-3 Lions remain winless. So far, the Bears are playing solid defense, packing the 12th rated total defense in the league allowing 350 yards per-game. Chicago also gets after the quarterback well, with 11 sacks. Offensively, however, the team leaves a lot to be desired. The Bears are ranked dead-last in the league in total offense with just 191.7 yards per-game. The team’s passing offense is 32nd in football as well, putting up a tough 90.7 yards per-game with only 1 touchdown. Things don’t get much better on the ground, where Chicago is 20th in the league at 101 yards per-game with just 2 touchdowns.

    Detroit, on the other hand, has been balanced, figuring as the 17th rated offense and 22nd rated team in terms of total defense. This shapes up to make this game an interesting affair, where either team could come out ahead. Both have been rankled by injuries, so whoever is able to overcome these factors should excel in the game.

    The Lions will have to go without Flowers in this contest for sure.

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