DT Adams back in starting lineup

November, 14, 2011
11/14/11
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CHICAGO -- Anthony Adams' hiatus lasted a grand total of one week.

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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireAnthony Adams had a potent showing Sunday.

Six days after being a healthy scratch against the Eagles, the veteran nose tackle started against the Lions in place of injured Matt Toeaina, who was inactive due to a knee injury.

"That's how it goes," Adams said. "You got to train every week like you're the starter. So once you get out in the game, you're not all shocked."

The nose tackle's return to the starting lineup began to take shape on Thursday when, with Toeaina forced to sit out due to sore knee, the veteran received praise from Bears head coach Lovie Smith praised following the workout. Even though Toeaina technically returned to practice on Friday, the Bears decided to go with Adams who recorded his first sack of the season when he took down Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford in the second quarter. The defensive tackle was also credited with a pair of quarterback hits and a tackle for a loss.

Julius Peppers led all defensive linemen with three tackles, one sack, tackle for a loss, quarterback hit, pass defense and forced fumble.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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