The Chicago Bears’ list of inactives includes on surprise we didn’t see coming:
Today's inactives for #DaBears:
11 Kevin White
12 Allen Robinson II
31 Marcus Cooper Sr
52 Khalil Mack
69 Rashaad Coward
84 Ben Braunecker
98 Bilal Nichols#CHIvsBUF
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) November 4, 2018
Unless an unknown injury popped up late in the week, wide receiver Kevin White is a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. White popping up on the inactives list means rookie Javon Wims gets an opportunity to be on the active game-day roster. Wims has played a grand total of three offensive snaps this season, but the seventh-round pick from Georgia could provide a sizable target at 6-4 and 215 pounds if he gets an up-tick in playing time. However, it’s more likely that Joshua Bellamy continues to see a healthy chunk of playing time.
The second straight appearance for star pass-rusher Khalil Mack and wide receiver Allen Robinson II isn’t a shocker, as the Bears followed through with their plan of resting up their two stars by limiting their practice time before making a game-time decision on each player’s availability for Sunday. If you’re a big-picture person, you’re probably more likely to be inclined to agree with this course of action. Chicago has three division games in 11 days coming up starting in Week 10 and it’s evident that the team values the health of their stars for those games – as well as the stretch run.
Other inactives include tight end Ben Braunecker (concussion) and Bilal Nichols (knee), both of whom missed practice last week due to their injuries. Offensive lineman Rashaad Coward is the odd-man out of the Bears’ group of linemen. Cornerback Marcus Cooper Sr., who recently returned to practice as a full participant, is also inactive for Sunday’s game against the Bills.
Buckle up, folks. We’re approaching game time.