The Detroit Lions are going to be headed to Chicago down two of their best players

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      The team released their final injury report for Week 10 on Friday and both cornerback Darius Slay and starting right guard T.J. Lang are listed as OUT this week for the Bears game. Both players were not able to make it out on the practice field all week.Missing both players could be extremely harmful for the Lions Detroit Lions T-Shirt , as their absences will play right into the Bears’ strengths. Kenny Wiggins is expected to replace Lang on the offensive line, and he’ll have to deal with the likes of Akiem Hicks and potentially Eddie Goldman, one of the best run-stopping duos you’ll see among NFL interior defensive linemen. Wiggins has played quite a bit in relief for Lang, but he has consistently struggled.The Lions’ secondary has also had a ton of issues this year, and without their best player, the outlook seems grim for the Lions this week. With Slay out, Nevin Lawson becomes the team’s No. 1 cornerback, with either Teez Tabor or DeShawn Shead picking up the slack at the other outside cornerback position. Tabor is the only cornerback in the NFL that has allowed a perfect passer rating this season, while Shead has been on and off the roster this year.Meanwhile, the Bears are expected to have receiving threats Allen Robinson II and potentially tight end Adam Shaheen back this week. That’s a rough combination of injury luck for a Lions pass defense that is already allowing the third-highest passer rating and ranks 30th in DVOA.Here is the full injury report for Week 10:Lions injury reportG T.J. Lang (neck) - OUTCB Darius Slay (knee) - OUTLB Eli Harold (shoulder) - DoubtfulDE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) - Questionable LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (neck) - QuestionableRB Kerryon Johnson (ankle) - Questionable TE Luke Willson (shoulder) - Questionable Bears injury reportTE Dion Sims (concussion) - OUTDL Bilal Nichols (knee) - Limited Amidst all the bad things that happened to the Detroit Lions on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, the one saving grace was their run defense. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen combined for just 36 yards on 18 carries (2.0 YPC). This is a team that ranked seventh in rushing DVOA coming into Week 9 and the Lions completely stopped them.Most credit goes to Damon Harrison Sr. Detroit Lions Hats , who led the Lions with six solo tackles on the day, including one for a loss. The man has single-handedly transformed the Lions’ run defense efficiency, and it’s nice to finally see the fruits of his labor—even if the rest of the team is falling apart around him.But Harrison didn’t spend post-game Sunday reveling in yet another individual game. In fact, he felt he was part of the problem against the Bears and said so on Twitter.Harrison’s candor isn’t all that uncommon. After a loss, even the players that played well tend to tell the media that they weren’t good enough, and most NFL athletes are harder on themselves than anyone else could ever be. However, this wasn’t some canned response to the media. Harrison, unprompted, felt the need to repent for his mistakes that, he believes, cost the team dearly. In a locker room that is getting increasingly combative with the media and seems intent on keeping issues quiet Detroit Lions Womens Hoodie , Harrison’s open honesty is a breath of fresh air.And he wasn’t done. A Lions fan reached out to Harrison to point out that he’s been a joy to watch in Detroit, but “Snacks” insisted he needs to be better and was even very specific about what he did wrong:I’m not the kind of fan that needs to hear players or coaches “take responsibility” for their poor play. Those fans almost seem to be asking for an apology, when it’s obvious these guys’ careers are on the line, and they have much more at stake than the fans. An apology won’t make them play better and taking responsibility only creates a perception that they’re working to get better. They need to put in the actual work. Talk is cheap. But what I do appreciate from Harrison here is the amount of transparency he’s willing to give. He’s not only telling us he didn’t play up to his own standards, but he’s showing us. Too often, former players and coaches patronize fans for not knowing what they’re talking about because they’ve never played the game, instead of using the opportunity to teach. Here, Harrison offers information and makes the fanbase better by helping us understand what went wrong on those plays and what his responsibilities were. It’s moments like these that make you appreciate a good player even more. Here’s hoping Harrison remains this impressive on the field and this honest off it.