ARLINGTON, Texas -- Some pregame notes from the three early games Sunday in the NFC North:
The Detroit Lions will face Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who had been questionable for this game because of a bruised thigh.
The Lions won’t have nickelback Aaron Berry, who is inactive because of a groin injury. Alphonso Smith is active for the first time this week and could serve in that role.
The Chicago Bears announced that receiver Johnny Knox, not Roy Williams, will start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
The Bears’ starting safeties will be Major Wright and Brandon Meriweather.