The Detroit Lions secondary can't afford to be banged up for long.

Despite giving up just 173 yards passing Sunday in their 27-23 come-from-behind win over the St. Louis Rams, the Lions will need adequate pass protection -- just like other teams -- if they want to compete in the NFC-North.

There happens to be a guy named Aaron Rodgers quarterbacking a high-flying Green Bay Packers offense. The secondary has to be fully healthy and ready to go for that showdown Nov. 18.

Back to the injury-related news: Lions rookie corner Bill Bentley suffered a concussion against the Rams. Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't exactly sure how Bentley will bounce back.

"I don't know how you'd classify it, because a concussion is a concussion, but he's doing really well," Schwartz told MLive.com's Justin Rogers. "Yes, he has to pass a protocol to be back. That's an objective thing. That's not a subjective, 'Well, we think he's doing fine.' He has some hurdles he needs to cross, but we're optimistic."

Schwartz said safety Louis Delmas (knee) and cornerback Chris Houston (high-ankle sprain) could soon return to the lineup, according to MLive.com's Rogers.

"Both of those guys are getting better," Schwartz said. "They're closer today than they were on Friday. Let's put it that way. Each case is a little bit different. Those guys are veteran players, they are two of our better team guys. They're not being selfish. They want to be out there, but when they're healthy, we'll get them back out there."

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