Friday’s Bears injury report is a mixed bag that is loaded with information, so let’s just get into it:
#Bears Friday Injury Report:
DNP: Callahan (ankle), Long (non-injury)
Limited: Cooper Sr. (hamstring), Mack (ankle), Robinson II (groin)
Full: Amukamara (hamstring), Kush (neck)
Game Status: Cooper Sr. (doubtful); Callahan, Mack, Robinson II (questionable)
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) October 19, 2018
The good news is that a pair of starters who were previously limited in practice were full participants on Friday. Cornerback Prince Amukamara spent the week dealing with a re-aggravated hamstring injury that popped up again in the team’s loss to the Dolphins, but practiced in full. The Bears will certainly welcome him back with open arms just as the high-flying Patriots passing offense comes into town.
Unfortunately, while one cornerback jumps off the injury report another one appears. Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm tweets Bryce Callahan injured his ankle during Thursday’s practice and the injury didn’t get much better overnight. Head Coach Matt Nagy said Callahan not practicing was a precautionary measure, but the Bears being without their top slot corner could be a major problem. If Callahan can’t play, that would leave Sherrick McManis as the next man up with Kevin Toliver II waiting in the wings behind him.
Allen Robinson was a limited in practice because of a groin injury. Nagy said the wide receiver didn’t practice on Thursday in order to ease up on his work load ahead of Sunday’s game. So even though Robinson is listed as questionable, there is a sense that he’ll be ready to roll as long as nothing else flares up.
At least the Bears saw the return of left guard Eric Kush as a full practice participant. Kush has been dealing with a neck issue since last week, but it was good to see his name show up among those who practiced. We’ll continue to monitor how the Bears handle the left guard position in Week 7, as rookie James Daniels out-snapped Kush 39-31 last Sunday.
Khalil Mack also practiced on Friday. And even though it was in a limited capacity, the signs are pointing toward the team’s star pass-rusher playing against the Patriots on Sunday – even though he is listed as questionable.