The Lions were already shorthanded at receiver with the loss of veteran Nate Burleson to a broken forearm, but they could be even more short-staffed with Patrick Edwards designated as "doubtful" to play on Friday's injury report.
Edwards missed last week’s game in Washington after suffering a high ankle sprain Week 2 vs. Arizona. He was limited in practice all week and it appears he might need another week before he’s back in the lineup.
That currently leaves the Lions with Calvin Johnson, Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham and Michael Spurlock at the receiver position. They can, however, get contributions from running backs Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick and tight ends Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler and Joseph Fauria in the passing game.
"We have guys that can do the job," Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday.
To no ones surprise, Burleson is listed as out after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a broken left forearm
Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (abdomen), safety Don Carey (hamstring), tackle Jason Fox (groin) and tackle Corey Hilliard (groin) are listed as questionable.
Fox was a full participant in practice Friday for the first time since suffering the injury in a Week 1 win vs. Minnesota, but is still listed as questionable.
Ansah, Hilliard and Carey were limited participants in practice both Thursday and Friday.
Running back Reggie Bush (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (hand), receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee), linebacker DeAndre Levy (abdomen), guard Rob Sims (shoulder), and linebacker Ashlee Palmer (ankle) are all probable to play in an early-season showdown with the Bears with first place in the NFC North on the line.