Allen Park — Preparing for Sunday's matchup with the Bears in blustery, Chicago-like conditions at the team's practice facility, the Detroit Lions were down two key starters for Wednesday's practice.
Guard T.J. Lang and cornerback Darius Slay missed the session.
Lang has been battling through a number of injuries this season. He entered last weekend's game against the Vikings questionable with a hip injury and rotated with backup Kenny Wiggins before leaving the contest for good in the fourth quarter.
Lang was listed as out with a neck injury on Wednesday.
Slay showed up on last week's injury report on Friday with a knee injury, but it didn't prevent him from missing time against the Vikings. He recorded his second interception of the season in the loss.
In addition to Lang and Slay, the Lions listed six players as limited: Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), running back LeGarrette Blount (knee), linebacker Eli Harold (shoulder), running back Kerryon Johnson (ankle), linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck) and tight end Luke Willson (shoulder)
For the Bears, star linebacker Khalil Mack's status continues to be up in the air. He's missed the last two games with an ankle sprain and remains day-to-day, according to coach Matt Nagy.
"We’re actually going through all that right now,” Nagy said during a conference call with Detroit media members. “It’s been tough the last couple weeks for him, but it’s a day-by-day thing for him and darn near hour-by-hour. Hopefully we continue to improve and he continues to get better every day."