A decision on whether Eddie Jackson is going to suit up on Sunday will down to the wire.
Coach Nagy says that Eddie Jackson will be a game time decision for #PHIvsCHI.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 4, 2019
Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy declared Jackson will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The newly-minted All-Pro safety missed the last two games of the regular season after suffering an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the Bears’ NFC North clinching win against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15. Jackson returned to practice on Thursday, marking his first time getting on the practice field with his teammates since being injured on December 16.
While addressing the media at Halas Hall during his Friday press conference, Nagy used the term “cautiously optimistic” regarding Jackson’s playing chances and said he would play if he was deemed healthy enough to do so. Nagy also added there is a chance Jackson plays at less than 100 percent, but also noted the Bears would be smart about handling their injured star. Jackson is a key member of the NFL’s top defense because of his playmaking ability and knack for creating turnovers. If Jackson can’t go, then Deon Bush will make his third consecutive start.
As for the rest of the Bears injury report, it’s as follows:
#Bears Friday Injury Report:
DNP: Lynch (elbow), Houston-Carson (ribs)
LIMITED: Jackson (ankle), Nichols (knee)
FULL: Gabriel (ribs), Long (ankle), Miller (shoulder), Robinson II (ribs)
Game Status: Lynch (doubtful); Houston-Carson, Jackson, Nichols (questionable)
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) January 4, 2019
It’s a normal Friday for defensive lineman Bilal Nichols, who has been limited during Friday indoor practices in the second half of the year. Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch hasn’t technically been ruled out and is listed as doubtful as he continues to deal with an elbow injury that has caused him to miss the last two regular season games. The newest addition to the injury report is safety DeAndre Houston-Carson, who came up with sore ribs. Houston-Carson is listed as questionable, but the vibe is that the standout special teamer is going to play.
The best news might be in wide receivers Allen Robinson II (ribs), Taylor Gabriel (ribs), and Anthony Miller (shoulder) were full participants in practice for the third straight day and their game status isn’t even in question. HOORAY!
Real, tangible reasons for optimism stemming from positive news coming from an injury report? Yep, it’s real … and spectacular. What a time to be alive.