Lions Prepare For Soldier Field

(ALLEN PARK, MI) – The Lions continued their preparation for their game against Chicago yesterday with meetings and a workout in helmets and shells, at the team’s practice facility in Allen Park.

LaAdrian Waddle.

LaAdrian Waddle.

The Detroit Lions will take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field with the kick-off slated for 1:00 pm ET. The Lions will be looking to win their fourth straight after beating the Minnesota Vikings, 16-14. Meanwhile, the Bears are looking to bounce back after falling to New Orleans 31-15 on Monday Night Football.

The Lions’ practice at Allen Park was held out of doors to better prepare the indoor Lions for the weather at Soldier Field. However, head coach Jim Caldwell doesn’t believe the temperatures will play a part in the outcome.

“Back in the old days, your hands would get slick and coaches didn’t want you wearing gloves or anything of that nature,” explained head coach Jim Caldwell. “Nowadays, they can certainly minimize the effects of cold on the hands and things of that nature. But it’s not going to be that cold. Thirty-something degrees? That’s not cold. That’s not cold to me. Cold is when you get below zero, then that changes things a little bit. But 30-some-odd degrees? Twenties? That’s not cold.”

In the teams’ most recent meeting, the Lions grabbed a 34-17 win on Thanksgiving Day. This time, though, the Lions may be without key player, tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who is side-lined with a knee injury and is on the injured reserve.

“I don’t anticipate him being able to play this week,” Caldwell said. “We’ll announce as time goes on, the rest of it.

As far as a replacement for Waddle, Michael Williams could get the nod.

“That’s always a possibility. We have a number of guys in that position,” Caldwell didn’t rule out the possibility.

Also questionable to play are defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and defensive end George Johnson (illness), who did not participate in practice. As well, safety Don Carey (ankle), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), line backer Ashlee Palmer (quad), and corner back Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) saw limited time in practice.

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