The Chicago Bears released their first injury report of the week and there were no surprises to be found:
#Bears Wednesday Injury Report:
DNP: DB Eddie Jackson (ankle); LB Aaron Lynch (elbow)
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) December 19, 2018
As expected, safety Eddie Jackson and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch did not practice on Wednesday. Jackson suffered an ankle injury late in the fourth quarter at the conclusion of his interception of Aaron Rodgers in the team’s win against the Packers. Lynch suffered an elbow sprain earlier in the second half and did not return. Head Coach Matt Nagy maintained again that neither injury is believed to be a season-ending one, which is good news for a Bears team on the brink of playing its first postseason contest since January 2011.
If Jackson and Lynch continue to be non-participants in practice, that means players behind them on the depth chart will get additional time to hone their respective craps by taking advantage of practice reps that come their way. So if you’re trying to find a silver lining in the cloud of news where a Pro Bowl safety and rotation pass-rusher are out of action, perhaps you can find it in that it could be a good thing that safety Deon Bush and outside linebacker Isaiah Irving will get more practice time than they usually would this time of year. Reps in late December could be beneficial for role players who might need to be ready in a pinch for games of consequence in January.
We’ll continue to monitor the injury situation for both Jackson and Lynch. In the meantime, we can breathe a little easier knowing there aren’t any other players who came away from Week 15 with significant injuries.