Sunday, November 13, 2011
Lions-Bears II: New punter for Lions
By Kevin Seifert
CHICAGO -- The Detroit Lions will have a new punter for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
Ryan Donahue was deactivated before the game because of his strained right quadriceps. As expected, newcomer Robert Malone will punt and hold for place-kicker Jason Hanson, who returned from the bye week with stitches in his left knee after an accident.
Watching Hanson in pregame warmups has been interesting. Amid windy conditions, Malone bobbled one snap, just after Hanson had hit the right upright from 47 yards. On the next kick, Hanson badly pulled a 52-yarder left of the uprights. After changing sides, Hanson slipped during an attempt from about 30 yards. Hanson, who has one of the strongest legs in the NFL, was significantly short from 49 yards at that end.
Meanwhile, Bears kick returner/receiver Devin Hester (ankle) is active for this game. The Bears made one notable change to their starting lineup, announcing that Anthony Adams will start at nose tackle.