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Henry Melton hopes to play Sunday vs. 'dirty' Lions

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melton.jpgDefensive tackle Henry Melton said Wednesday he knows the Detroit Lions would love to do nothing more than to end the Bears' season at Ford Field on Sunday.

"We have to do our thing against Detroit," Melton said. "I don't want to say anything because I don't like Detroit."

What are Melton's prospects at playing against the Lions?

"It's pretty good at the moment," said Melton, who has been out with a collarbone injury. "We're going to go out there and test it out again and see how it feels this week and hopefully give it a go.

"[Sitting out against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday] was more precautionary. They don't want something bad to happen for one of the regular-season games and I miss a playoff game or something like that. These games are very crucial, but the playoff games is where we're trying want to go."

Melton suffered his collarbone injury on Dec. 9 against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. He was having an All-Pro season before getting hurt. Melton said he wanted to play against the Cardinals.

"If it doesn't feel right and it's not where it needed to be, but I wanted to go," Melton said. "But Lovie [Smith] held me out. It was on the bigger scale of things with the playoffs."

Of course, the Bears' matchup against the Lions is a playoff-game for them. If the Bears defeat the Lions and the Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings, they advance to the postseason.

"I like Green Bay this week, but I don't really like Detroit," Melton said. "They're dirty. They've always been a dirty team since I've been here. I don't like them."

Why are they dirty?

"They're just going to be looking for cheapshots and all that mess," Melton said. "We just have to hold our composure and play the game we know."

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