CHICAGO -- The Soldier Field grounds crew began removing a protective tarp here at about 6:30 p.m., two hours before kickoff between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. It hasn't rained since early afternoon in downtown Chicago, so for the moment the field is dry.
Let's review some relevant pregame news from the Lions' perspective:
The Lions gave themselves some last-second breathing room at cornerback, singing veteran Justin Miller and releasing linebacker Doug Hogue. That gives the Lions four cornerbacks for this game, two of which were signed in the past week. Chris Houston and rookie Jonte Green will start. They'll be backed up by Miller and Alphonso Smith. As expected, Jacob Lacey (concussion) and Bill Bentley (shoulder) are inactive.
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