Thursday’s updated injury report has me feeling more uneasy than I wanted to be at this point of the week:
#Bears Thursday Injury Report:
DNP: Mack (ankle), Robinson II (groin)
Limited: Amukamara (hamstring), Cooper Sr. (hamstring), Kush (neck)
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) October 18, 2018
Wide receiver Allen Robinson popped up on the injury report for the first time as a member of the Chicago Bears, when he was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice because of a groin injury. Unfortunately, it appears as if things haven’t gotten any better as Robinson did not practice on Thursday.
JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago reports that Robinson’s groin injury flared up on Sunday, but wasn’t something that was going to take him out of the lineup. The team decided to play it cautiously by limiting him in practice on Wednesday, so it’s possible that the Bears’ decision-makers are simply taking an extremely cautious route by holding him out of practice completely on Thursday, but you can never know for sure.
Robinson is the Bears’ second-leading receiver with 24 catches, 281 yards, and two touchdowns (both of which have come in his last two games). The biggest catch of the Bears’ run in free agency, Robinson is on pace for a respectable season with 122 targets, 77 catches, 899 yards, and six touchdowns. Those aren’t superstar numbers, but the extra attention he has garnered has opened up throwing lanes elsewhere.
Elsewhere on the injury report, star pass-rusher Khalil Mack didn’t practice for the second straight day. Mack’s status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots is still to be determined, but he already played a high volume of snaps with the ankle injury. It’s possible Mack could play Sunday with proper treatment and rest. Remember, Mack has yet to miss a game since arriving to the NFL and that’s a streak that could be in jeopardy this week.
The next two injury reports should shed some much-needed light on the Bears’ injury situation, especially when it comes to starts on each side of the ball.