Bears emerge from game with Lions with few injuries
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter September 30, 2013 9:43PM
Updated: November 2, 2013 6:31AM
The Bears were outplayed in all three phases of their 40-32 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Ford Field. But despite that, all they lost was a game. It could have been worse.
Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman, who has been limited by knee and groin injuries, played 41 of 67 snaps and emerged unscathed.
‘‘I talked to [trainer] Chris Hanks and he feels that we’ll get a better Charles Tillman [this] week than we had [last] week,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘He was better [Monday] morning than he was a week ago at this time. I thought he played well for the time he was in there, and we’re optimistic that it’s coming along.’’
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea said he suffered a turf toe injury but is expected to play Sunday against the Saints.
‘‘He’s got a bruise there and I’m sure he’ll be OK,’’ Trestman said.
Tight end Martellus Bennett, who suffered a shoulder injury against the Vikings on Sept. 15, went down hard in the end zone trying for a touchdown pass, but also is expected to play Sunday.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz accused Bears rookie Jon Bostic of using his helmet to spear Kris Durham on the second onside kick attempt in the final minute.
‘‘I still can’t believe — we talk a lot about player safety and things like that — and [Durham’s] laying prone on the ground, giving himself up, and he takes a helmet right to the back and we don’t get any call there,’’ Schwartz said. ‘‘It’s a little hypocritical when you talk about player safety, but you allow that ... not to get called.’’
When asked about Schwartz’ accusation Monday, Trestman said he had not seen the play and had not heard from the league office about it. But Bostic still could be fined if it is ruled an illegal hit.
‘‘We’ll see what happens the next couple of days,’’ Trestman said.
Battle of Britton
With Bennett’s shoulder still sore, reserve tackle Eben Britton, who had not played in the first three games, was used as an extra blocker on 11 plays.
‘‘Part of it was [that] we were trying to take a little bit of the load off of Martellus’ shoulder and move him outside,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘I thought Eben did a more-than-sufficient job in taking care of the outside lanes.’’
The other Bush
The combination of Matt Forte and Michael Bush in the same backfield paid off again when Bush faked left and Forte carried the ball to the right for a 53-yard touchdown that gave the Bears a 10-6 lead in the second quarter.
When the Bears used the Bush-Forte pairing in the preseason, Forte turned a short pass into a 32-yard touchdown.
But Forte’s touchdown was Bush’s only snap. Bush has gained 24 yards on 16 carries (1.5 yards per carry) this season.
‘‘I think that it was the kind of game more than anything else,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘But we want Michael to be part of our football [team] and we hope to get him into the mix. But we’ve got to grow in that area. It’s just difficult because we don’t want to take Matt off the field, either.’’