Maybe the real news will be when the Bears don't have issues at the wide receiver position.
On the plus side, Alshon Jeffery practiced again in full and is expected to be moved from suspended back onto the active roster as of 3 p.m. on Saturday. He will represent a rare positive for an injury riddled position group.
Already without Kevin White most of the year because of a broken leg, slot receiver Eddie Royal will miss his third straight game and fifth overall this year with a toe injury. Marquess Wilson also was declared out with a broken left foot, the same injury that caused him to miss the final five games of last season.
The Bears have not placed Wilson on injured reserve because “they’re still evaluating that, haven’t determined at this point,” said coach John Fox. “It is the same basic injury. They don’t know the exact extent but it is re-broken and they’re still evaluating.”
Nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who missed seven games this season with a high-ankle sprain suffered in the loss to Philadelpha, did not practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday. Goldman has started the last three games but reinjured the ankle at Detroit and played just 21 total snaps.
Cornerback Bryce Callahan (knee) was limited in practice, as was fellow corner Johnathan Banks (ankle). Both are officially questionable.
JJ Stankevitz is joined by ESPN Lions reporter Mike Rothstein to dive into how close Detroit is to cleaning house (1:00), expectations for Matthew Stafford (5:50) and T.J. Hockenson (10:00), what new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s scheme looks like (13:45), where the Lions are strongest and weakest on defense (16:50) and if this team actually respects Matt Patricia (22:20).
Plus, Mike discusses the story he co-wrote on the rise and fall of the AAF and what it would take for a spring football league to succeed (26:10).
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Under Center Podcast
Bears fourth-round pick Riley Ridley knew what to expect coming into the NFL thanks to his older brother Calvin, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver.
Their family bond kept them close even as they played for rival colleges and now competing professional teams, and they both take a lot of motivation from the name on the back of their jerseys.
The two receivers came together on camera for the Bears’ “Meet the Rookies” series.
“We do what we do, not just for the family, but for our name, our brand,” Riley Ridley said. “We want to take that as far as it can go. That Ridley name is strong, and that’s how we view it.”
Ridley opened up about growing up with his mother raising him and his three brothers. He said he’s going to be his own biggest critic and do everything he can to help his teammates.
His brother Calvin added some color to the image of Riley that’s starting to take shape.
“Very funny, really cool, laid back,” Calvin Ridley said. “He’s a different person on the field. I would say he has a lot of anger on the field — very physical.”
Matt Nagy should find good use for that physicality in the Bears offense, plugging Ridley in a wide receiver group already deep with young talent.
Ridley doesn’t seem like the type of player who will allow himself to get buried on the depth chart.