Bears down two key starters for Lions game

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Chicago — The healthy Lions don’t have any surprise inactives for today’s game at Soldier Field at 1 p.m., but the Bears will be down a couple key starters.

Right guard Kyle Long, the man primarily responsible for blocking Lions All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, is out with a hip injury. Rookie Michael Ola will move from left guard to right to take Long’s place, and undrafted rookie Ryan Groy will start at left guard.

Bears starting safety Chris Conte is out with a back injury, too, so rookie Brock Vereen will start. Defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff will start after being listed as questionable and missing the Thanksgiving matchup.

But the loss of Long might be catastrophic against the fearsome Lions defensive line. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen will make his first start since 2010, and he’s significantly less mobile than the benched Jay Cutler.

For the Lions, rookie Cornelius Lucas will start at right tackle with LaAdrian Waddle on injured reserve with a left knee injury. It will be his second start of the season after replacing Riley Reiff at left tackle on Thanksgiving, but Lucas played significant time at right tackle when Waddle was injured earlier this season.

Cornerback Mohammed Seisay is inactive with a hamstring injury, so the Lions will need replace him on special teams. Defensive tackles Nick Fairley and Caraun Reid, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, quarterback Kellen Moore, defensive end Larry Webster and offensive lineman Rodney Austin are also inactive.

In addition to Long and Conte, quarterback David Fales, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive end Trevor Scott, defensive tackle Will Sutton and kicker Robbie Gould are out. Former Michigan kicker Jay Feely will play with Gould out.