Sick bay: Bears relatively healthy; Lions not so lucky


Sick bay: Bears relatively healthy; Lions not so lucky

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery already has been ruled out, but he and reserve cornerback Sherrick McManis (questionable, hip) are the only significant health issues confronting the Bears going into Mondays game against the Detroit Lions.

Receiverreturner Devin Hester finished the week as probable with a quad injury, as is linebackerspecial teams leader Blake Costanzo (thumb).

The Lions are not quite so healthy.

They will be without cornerback Jacob Lacey (concussion), and cornerback Bill Bentley is doubtful with a shoulder strain. The defense may have taken another hit Saturday when defensive tackle Corey Williams, who was limited in practice Thursday and Friday with a knee injury, did not practice at all on Saturday and is questionable.

All other hurting Lions are listed as probable, including defensive end Cliff Avril (back), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee), all key starters on a defense that has not been dominant this year.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew and wide receiver Titus Young both were limited in practice with knee problems.

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

For Carl Edwards Jr., Memorial Day has a special meaning.

That's because the Cubs reliever has a very close tie to the armed services. 

Edwards met his fiance, Nette Smith, before her deployment in Afghanistan. Throughout her active service, Edwards kept in touch by writing her letters. Their relationship eventually blossomed, and now the couple has a one-year-old child. 

With Smith's army commitment finished, she views Memorial Day as a time to appreciate all those who serve. 

"To me, Memorial Day is a day set aside for me to remember some of the people I have met who sacrificed everything," Smith said. 

Watch the couple's entire story in the video above. 

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Stranger than fiction: Dodgers sweep Cubs as Lester vs. Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations

Miguel Gonzalez throws six perfect innings as White Sox take series against Tigers

Joe Maddon has no choice but to ignore the noise and put his faith in young Cubs lineup: ‘If you want to freak out, freak out’

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Fire midfielder Dax McCarty named to U.S. national team roster

Jose Abreu relishing opportunity to help mentor Luis Robert, White Sox newest Cuban addition

How patient will Cubs be with Ian Happ and the rookie learning curve?

Takuma Sato holds off Helio Castroneves to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw