T.J. Lang was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice for the Detroit Lions. Lang missed last week due to a concussion, but his full participation is a good sign Lang is nearly cleared from concussion protocol.
It’s looking like Lang will play this week against the Chicago Bears, meaning for the first time all season, the Lions will have all five starting offensive linemen healthy and active on Sunday.
It couldn’t come at a better time, as the Bears’ front seven is one of the better units in the NFL. Chicago has 26 sacks this year, which is tied for seventh-most in the league. They’re also allowing just 3.9 yards per carry in the running game, so Detroit will have their hands full, if they’re hoping to replicate their somewhat successful rushing performance from last week (104 yards, 5.5 YPC).
Here are Wednesday’s full injury report:
Lions injury report
DE Ezekiel Ansah (back) - No practice
RB Dwayne Washington (hip) - No practice
S Don Carey (knee) - Limited practice
LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (ankle) - Limited practice
OG T.J. Lang (concussion) - Full practice
Bears injury report
TE Dion Sims (illness) - No practice
LB Danny Trevathan (calf) - No practice
CB Bryce Callahan (knee) - No practice
OT Tom Compton (ankle) - Limited practice
OG Kyle Long (finger) - Limited practice
LB Sam Ocho (shoulder) - Limited practice
DE Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring) - Limited practice
CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) - Limited practice
Trevathan and Long are some notable Bears players that missed last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers and are still dealing with injuries. With those two guys missing, the Bears have struggled on the interior offensive line and at linebacker, according to PFF’s team grades.
The Lions would be wise to put pressure on the A-gaps on defense and attack the middle on offense, as the Bears rank 24th in defensive DVOA covering the middle of the field, according to Football Outsiders.