The Bears expected Lions quarterback Jeff Driskel to start Thursday. Think again.
The Lions announced Wednesday night that Driskel, who did not practice this week because of a hamstring injury suffered Sunday against the Redskins, will not play against the Bears.
Purdue rookie David Blough will start in his place — and take his first-ever NFL snaps.
Driskel will serve as the team’s backup in case of an injury.They do not have another reserve quarterback.
Earlier Wednesday, theLions already ruled out franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford, who hasn’t played since Nov. 3 because of broken bones in his back. Driskel was 0-3 in his place, though he posted a 109.3 passer rating two weeks ago against the Cowboys.
Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said Tuesday the team presumed Driskel will play.
Six Bears — including starting tight end Ben Braunecker, starting right tackle Bobby Massie and receiver Taylor Gabriel — won’t play against the Lions. None of them practiced during the week.
Braunecker and Gabriel each suffered concussions during the Bears’ win against the Giants on Sunday, while Massie hurt his right ankle.
The Bears also said Wednesday that tight end Adam Shaheen (foot), cornerback Sherrick McManis (groin) and inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (elbow) would be inactive Thursday.
Of the six, only Trevathan — who hurt his left elbow against the Lions at Soldier Field — was in the Bears’ traveling party to Detroit.
The Lions ruled out former Bears receiver Marvin Hall (foot) and cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin (ribs) and Jamal Agnew (ankle).Defensive linemen Trey Fowers (concussion), Da’Shawn Hand (ankle) and Damon Harrison (knee/calf) were called questionable, as were tight end T.J. Hockenson (shoulder) and safety Tracy Walker.