Maybe facing Kevin Smith wouldn't be such a bad thing for the Bears defense.
Smith, the Lions top running back, injured his shoulder in Detroit's 19-14 over the Washington Redskins last Sunday. Smith also had a banged up knee.
Smith's backup in Maurice Morris, a player the Bears are familiar with from the past. Back in the 2007, when the Bears went out to Seattle and loss an important 30-23 decision to the Seahawks, Morris rushed for 87 yards on 18 carries. His 19-yard touchdown run gave the Seahawks their first lead.
A healthy Morris might pose more problems than a banged up Smith. As for Smith's status for Sunday, Lions coach Jim Schwartz somewhat addressed the issue via conference call Wednesday`We will just see how that plays out this week and see what we can get out of him and make a game-time decision on whether he can go or not,'' Schwartz said. ``But Kevin is really important. We have a dynamic playmaker in Calvin Johnson who can get open downfield, but that is largely dependant on how we run the football and Kevin is a big part of that.''