Monday, October 5, 2009
Monday evening roundup
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Getting you up to date in Chicago and Detroit:
Bears coach Lovie Smith had good news all the way around on multiple injury fronts Monday. In summary: Receivers Devin Hester (shoulder) and Johnny Knox (shin) have mild injuries and are expected to be ready to play when the Bears return from their by week. Defensive lineman Israel Idonije had minor knee surgery but should not have an extended absence. Here’s the full report from ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz hadn’t calmed down Monday after his terse news conference after Sunday’s 48-24 loss at Chicago. “I’m here to say that after 24 hours I’m probably more ticked off now than I was right after the game,” Schwartz told Detroit reporters.
Schwartz was particularly upset with the play of his special teams and made on personnel change, installing rookie Derrick Williams as his primary kick returner “until further notice.” Asked whether he would consider any coaching changes, specifically special teams coordinator Stan Kwan, Schwartz said: “At this point of the season? I’m not George Steinbrenner. Is that what you want, me to make changes in coaches? Like I said, coaching is my responsibility. That’s my job to make sure that the players are being put in good positions.”
Schwartz wouldn’t elaborate on quarterback Matthew Stafford’s right knee injury, which reportedly is a dislocated knee cap. Schwartz classified Stafford as “day-to-day.” If he in fact dislocated his knee cap, Stafford is more likely to be week-to-week.