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Report: Bears think former teammate Idonije tipped off Lions

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Israel Idonije might have been tipping off his new team about his former team. (USATSI)
Israel Idonije might have been tipping off his new team about his former team. (USATSI)

If a former player competes against his old team with his new team, it makes sense that the player might tip off his new team about some of the tendencies of his old team. Seems pretty basic, right?

Maybe so, but that didn't stop the Lions from reportedly taking advantage of the Bears during Detroit's 40-32 win against Chicago on Sunday.

A few Bears players told ESPN Chicago that they thought defensive end Israel Idonije, who had played with the Bears from 2004-12, had tipped off his new Lions teammates about some of Chicago's line calls.

Those shenanigans perhaps are a reason why Lions running back Reggie Bush rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries (he also caught four passes for 34 yards).

As Yahoo intimates, if the Bears really didn't alter their audible calls, well, that's just bad coaching. Especially if the team was using the same calls as the previous regime. Which seems almost inexplicable if true.

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