The Chicago Bears will open the season with a star defender unable to play.
Pass-rusher Robert Quinn is among the inactives in today’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Here are the others:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 13, 2020
An ankle injury kept Quinn from practicing last week. He was listed as “doubtful” on Friday’s injury report, but Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy left the door open for Quinn’s return. But in the end, the Bears’ other top pass-rusher won’t suit up.
Quinn was the Bears’ big-ticket acquisition this offseason, signing a five-year deal that included $30 million guaranteed. The veteran pass-rusher was supposed to provide an upgrade from Leonard Floyd and work in tandem with Khalil Mack to wreck quarterbacks this season. That could still happen down the line. But that it’s not happening in Week 1 is troubling. We’ll continue to monitor his situation as details become available.
Barkevious Mingo and rookie Trevis Gipson are the next players up on the depth chart behind Quinn. The Bears could also get creative with their pass-rushing options by lining up Roy Robertson-Harris or even Bilal Nichols on the outside. The team could also opt to blitz inside linebacker Roquan Smith, whose pass-rushing ability from the middle has been impressive the last two years. Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano has options. Although, none are as explosive as a healthy Quinn.