I voiced my concerns about Robert Quinn’s practice status on Thursday after seeing he missed back-to-back practices. Even still … I wanted to wait until Friday before expressing more serious concerns. After all, Friday’s practice, participation report, and injury designations tend to tell us more than what happens Wednesday or Thursday.
Now that the injury report is out, I can firmly press the panic button:
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) September 11, 2020
Quinn is listed as doubtful for the Bears’ Week 1 showdown against the Lions. Three consecutive “DNP” designations means he picked up zero practice snaps because of an ankle injury that sidelined him. With that in mind, there is a fair expectation that Quinn won’t play on Sunday. Ouch. Bummer. That’s not the way anyone expected or wanted the year to start for the Bears’ big-ticket free-agent acquisition (Michael: Also, I drafted the Bears defense, dammit).
On the other side of the defensive formation, Khalil Mack remained limited because of a knee injury. Mack is listed as questionable. As are David Montgomery (groin), Cordarrelle Patterson (Knee), Jason Spriggs (knee), Javon Wims (achilles), Germain Ifedi (tricep), and Buster Skrine (finger). Each of those players practiced in full in each of the last two days. That’s certainly encouraging as Chicago gears up to head to Detroit.
Then again, seeing Mack as limited (again) and Quinn as a non-participant has me worried to bits about a pass-rush that was supposed to be a team strength. If Quinn doesn’t travel with the team on Saturday or suit up on Sunday, veteran Barkevious Mingo and rookie Trevis Gipson are next up on the depth chart. If it gets to that point, the Bears are going to need some luck (in addition to what they have in skill) to knock off the Lions.