Since the Bears wrapped up their Week 1 win against the Lions, Head Coach Matt Nagy maintained the team came away from the victory in good health. And after watching (and re-watching) Sunday’s win against the Lions, I felt pretty good about that being case. Even still … I was holding my breath because sometimes things pop up out of nowhere.
Now that the team released its first injury report of the week, we can exhale:
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) September 16, 2020
Pass-rushers Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack had practice limitations, as expected.
This is Mack’s second week on they injury report because of a knee injury. But for what it’s worth, Mack played 86 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in Week 1. So whatever limitations he had in practice not withstanding, Mack was essentially a full participant on game day. Chicago hasn’t expanded on Mack’s knee injury to this point, but I find it encouraging that he was still able to play a full work-load.
As for Quinn, the move to “limited” on the injury report was expected after Nagy spoke to the media earlier today. But more important than that, “limited” constitutes an an upgrade from “DNP” last week. Quinn did not practice at all before Week 1, was doubtful to play, and ultimately inactive on game day. With that in mind, Quinn going from not practicing to being a limited participants counts as progress. I’ll take it!
No Bears player who was on last week’s injury report — save for Mack and Quinn — showed up on the first one of this week. That’s wonderful news.
Seeing tight end Jimmy Graham and receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on the injury report shouldn’t be concerning. They were given veteran rest days. It’s smart to squeeze in rest days for older players in an attempt to keep them healthy for a 16-game season.