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Pettigrew, Ebron, Ihedigbo, Bell inactive for Lions

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is probable for Sunday against the Chiefs.

Detroit — The Lions will try to avoid starting 0-6 Sunday without their top two tight ends, top defensive tackle, best linebacker, most physical defensive back and No. 2 running back.

Meanwhile, the visiting Bears (2-3) come to Ford Field as healthy as they've been offensively in a few weeks as tight end Martellus Bennett and wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal will play in the game that begins at 1 p.m.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew will not play for the Lions on Sunday after being added to the injury report late Saturday night. With Eric Ebron (knee) already ruled out Friday, the Lions will have just one tight end — Tim Wright — available for the NFC North matchup.

Strong safety James Ihedigbo (quad) and running back Joique Bell (ankle) were both listed as questionable Friday, but will not play. Bell will miss his third straight game.

Fortunately, running back Theo Riddick will play Sunday despite a groin injury that made him questionable.

The Lions already had announced that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (calf) would miss his second straight game, but his loss is still difficult to overcome. Second-year Caraun Reid and rookie Gabe Wright will be the starting defensive tackles again.

Rookie offensive tackle Corey Robinson is also inactive for the Lions.

One bit of good news for the Lions is that right guard Larry Warford is back after missing the last two games with an ankle injury. And with him back, rookie Laken Tomlinson will remain the starter at left guard instead of Manny Ramirez, who started at left guard in the two previous games Warford was available and at right guard when Warford was out.

For the Bears, starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod, safety Antrel Rolle and linebacker Shea McClellin are out. Cornerback Terrance Mitchell, offensive lineman Nick Becton, running back Antone Smith and defensive lineman Bruce Gaston are also inactive.

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