After missing three days worth of practice, three key members of the Chicago Bears are listed as doubtful to play in Sunday’s Week 17 showdown against the Minnesota Vikings.
#Bears Friday Injury Report:
DNP: Jackson (ankle), Lynch (elbow), Robinson II (ribs)
Limited: Nichols (knee)
Full: Houston-Carson (illness)
Game Status: Jackson, Lynch, Robinson II (doubtful); Nichols (questionable)
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) December 28, 2018
Wide receiver Allen Robinson II, safety Eddie Jackson, and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch did not practice on Friday and it doesn’t sound like they will play against the Vikings.
Not only did Jackson and Lynch sit out last week’s win against the San Francisco 49ers while nursing and recovering from injuries suffered during the team’s Week 15 victory against the Green Bay Packers, neither traveled with the team. It’s likely that will be the case again this week. With an eye on getting healthy for the postseason, Jackson’s sprained ankle and Lynch’s elbow injury were expected to keep both players out of the lineup for the final two games of the regular season. But it’s Robinson’s ribs that have raised some concern.
Robinson’s injury came about during last Sunday’s win against the 49ers after landing awkwardly while securing a 43-yard catch from quarterback Mitch Trubisky. After a trip to the sideline medical tent, Robinson returned and finished the game with six catches, 85 receiving yards, and one ill-timed fumble. That Robinson came back and finished the game could be viewed as a positive sign. Tack on the Bears’ commitment to caution when it comes to player health and the importance of a postseason game compared to a regular season one that doesn’t have win-and-you’re-in implications, then you can probably understand why the team would take it easy on Robinson. But still … that’s not going to keep us from being just a little concerned.
As for the Vikings, they have some injury concerns of their own to deal with:
#CHIvsMIN Injury Report
OUT: Chad Beebe, CJ Ham, Eric Kendricks, Marcus Sherels
QUESTIONABLE: Tom Compton and Xavier Rhodes
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 28, 2018
Starting middle linebacker Eric Kendricks and lead return specialist Marcus Sherels are OUT against the Bears, while starting offensive lineman Tom Compton and cornerback Xavier Rhodes are questionable. Rhodes didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but appearing as questionable on the injury report suggests he is either feeling better or willing to gut it out in a win-or-go-home game.
The Vikings are playing for their playoff lives and the Bears are driving toward one last chance at a first-round bye, but neither team will be 100 percent healthy on Sunday.