More of the same from the injury report with regards to the Chicago Bears’ pass-rushing duo, but that’s good news.
Robert Quinn (ankle) and Khalil Mack (knee) were limited participants for the second consecutive practice.
Quinn’s status as limited can be taken as a sign of progress, at least from a certain point of view. The Bears’ big-ticket free agent addition did not practice at all last week and did not play in the season-opener. So, in a way, Quinn notching consecutive practices is a sign he could make his Bears debut on Sunday. Good news for the Bears. Not-so-good news for Giants blockers. As for Mack, he has been listed as limited in each of the team-released five injury reports this season. But unless something changes, expectations should be for Mack to be a full-go on Sunday. Because even after being “limited” all last week, Mack still played 86 percent of the defensive snaps.
The new addition on the injury report is defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, who didn’t practice because of an illness. Hicks wasn’t on the injury report on Wednesday, which means he practiced in full. And before we even think about COVID being a possibility, the Bears would have to place him on the COVID list and get him cleared through protocol. Hopefully, the team provides clarity regarding Hicks’ illness sooner, rather than later — if only to put out any fires before they get a chance to get started.
All things considered, the news that Quinn is practicing is the best thing that could have come from the updated injury report. If Quinn can make it three straight days with practice, then I imagine he’ll play his first game with the Bears on Sunday. And if that’s the case, that Giants offensive will have its hands full.