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Lions-Bears II: Punters and linemen

We'll flesh these situations out once we hear from the respective coaches, so for now let's just update you on two important developments Friday morning in the NFC North:

  • The Detroit Lions signed punter Robert Malone, an indication that incumbent Ryan Donahue might not be ready for Sunday's game at the Chicago Bears. Donahue strained his right quadriceps while practicing field-goal kicking this week. Malone punted in 12 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. Without hearing from coach Jim Schwartz yet, we can't say for sure that Malone will kick Sunday or if the Lions just wanted to have an established Plan B if Donahue needs the week off. Offensive lineman Jason Fox was placed on injured reserve to create Malone's roster spot.

  • The Chicago Bears announced that rookie offensive lineman Gabe Carimi will undergo an arthroscopic debridement surgery on his knee Friday. Typically, those procedures involve shaving cartilage. Carimi hasn't practiced in more than a week after suffering a setback in his return from a dislocated knee cap. You would think Friday's procedure would add at least a couple more weeks to his recovery.

We'll have more Friday afternoon on these and other injury situations around the NFC North.