Meriweather should get shot vs. Lions

Brandon Meriweather's last game against the Lions didn't go that well. AP Photo/Duane Burleson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Lovie Smith provided another reminder Friday that his safety situation is far from settled.

After six different safety combinations were used in the first seven games, veteran Chris Harris was released during the bye week, a move that paved the way for rookie Chris Conte (FS) and second-year player Major Wright (SS) to solidify the position.

Conte and Wright started Monday night in Philadelphia, but Wright was removed in favor of Brandon Meriweather for a few series. Meriweather played his way out of the starting lineup in early October.

But according to Smith, Meriweather is now back in the mix and is expected to once again see time at safety Sunday when Bears play the Lions at Soldier Field. However, Smith and Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli defended the play of Wright, and claim the decision to give snaps to Meriweather is not a reflection on the Bears' 2010 third-round draft choice.

Coincidentally, it was following the first Detroit game that Meriweather was sent to the bench.

"The plan going in was to rotate [Meriweather] in," Smith said. "You look last year, we played three safeties most of the time. You like to do that. We plan on playing Brandon this week also."