We figured the days of the Chicago Bears having just one player on the injury report were going to be limited, but we hoped some of the bigger names were going to stay off it.
Here’s the team’s first injury report for Week 4:
#Bears Wednesday Injury Report:
DNP: Amukamara (hamstring), Cooper (hamstring), Miller (shoulder)
FULL: Houston-Carson (forearm)
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) September 26, 2018
Cornerback Prince Amukamara and wide receiver Anthony Miller sat out Wednesday’s practice after suffering injuries during the team’s Week 3 win against the Arizona Cardinals. Fellow cornerback Marcus Cooper Sr. was also on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, one that popped up toward the end of last week. The progress of these three players will be top of mind as the Bears prepare for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4.
Miller was dinged up in the first half with a shoulder injury, came back and eventually played total of 36 snaps before being banged up a second time in what turned out to be a dislocated shoulder. And while the 36 plays was in line with the numbers from Weeks 1 and 2, Miller fell short of playing on at least 55 percent of the offense’s snaps for the first time this season. Miller tweeted he was fine after Sunday’s win, and the Bears certainly hope so because Mitch Trubisky has a 115.7 passer rating when targeting Miller in the first three games of the season.
Amukamara suffered a hamstring injury that limited him to just 25 defensive snaps, or exactly 50 percent of the unit’s total plays. The Bears missed Amukamara in late-game passing situations, as the Cardinals picked on undrafted free agent rookie Kevin Toliver II in his absence. Amukamara was set to have an MRI earlier in the week, but didn’t seem concerned about the long-term impact of the injury.
At least safety DeAndre Houston-Carson returned to practice as a full participant on Wednesday. This marks the first time for Houston-Carson since suffering a broken forearm in the Bears’ third preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Houston-Carson is the team’s top reserve safety, as well as a core member of the special teams unit. His healthy return will be welcomed by both units as the team looks to round out the roster.