OH. YEAH. BABY.
With just four days to go before the Bears open things up against the Packers in Green Bay, we’re all about to be treated to some VERY good news:
Only two names on the Bears injury report today. DeAndre Houston-Carson and Daniel Brown.
Roquan Smith, that means, was a full participant in today's practice.
Same goes for Leonard Floyd.
— Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) September 5, 2018
As the title of this post exclaims, two of the Bears top linebackers, Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd, were full participants at practice today. The former had been dealing with a hamstring injury, while the latter has a broken hand, but is planning to wear a club over it if/when he plays. That means that we should see each of Smith, Floyd, and Khalil Mack line up across from Aaron Rodgers (at one point or another) when things get underway on Sunday night. Do your happy dance now.
I have to admit, I was worried that despite boasting one of the strongest group of linebackers in all of football, the Bears weren’t going to be able to flex that muscle when they needed it most (this weekend, against a divisional rival, whose biggest strength and asset is their quarterback). But now, it seems like all three should be available and ready to play (even if Mack’s knowledge of the playbook is limited). That’s huge.
As for Smith, in particular, he mentioned that he does feel ready to go for Sunday, but will leave all playing time questions up to Matt Nagy and the rest of the coaching/training staff (which is a good answer, rookie).
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) September 5, 2018
The injury report wasn’t completely blank, though (it never is, is it?), as safety Deandre Houston-Carson (broken arm during the preseason, so no surprises there) and tight end Daniel Brown (shoulder) deal with injuries sustained during the preseason. With Adam Shaheen already on the shelf, the Bears will want Brown available, but it’s not as though he’s at the top of the depth chart. So, all things considered, this is very good news and at just the right time.
I am so ready for Sunday night. And so are the Bears.
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