There’s a scene near the end of the movie Space Jam where the camera pans to the Tune Squad bench and seemingly everyone is banged up, save for Michael Jordan.
Check it out now, because you’re going to want a laugh before getting to the Chicago Bears’ injury report.
I feel like I’m living the real-life version of that scene while writing up the Chicago Bears first injury report of Week 9.
Here it is:
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Five offensive players did not practice due to injuries. Among them were backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who injured his shoulder on the first (and only) offensive snap he has played since being benched in Week 3. Tight end Jimmy Graham (knee/hamstring), wide receiver Anthony Miller (knee), and center Sam Mustipher (knee) also missed practice due to injuries that emerged in Week 8. Meanwhile, center Cody Whitehair missed his fourth consecutive practice due to a calf injury he suffered in the team’s Week 7 loss to the Rams.
But at least Rashaad Coward (ankle) was a full-go.
On the other side of the ball, three players missed practice because of injuries. Safety Eddie Jackson (knee), nose tackle John Jenkins (ankle), and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (shoulder) sat out. Additionally, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and linebacker Danny Trevathan non-injury/resting veterans who missed practice. Tashaun Gipson Sr., the Bears’ other starting safety, practiced with limitations because of a foot injury. Chicago’s third safety, DeAndre Houston-Carson, was a full participant despite forearm/ankle injuries.
Oof. That was a lot to sort through.
And to think, a few weeks ago when we considered the Bears to be a team with good injury luck. It just goes to show that injury luck can change with a snap, which is why depth is important. Chicago has a few days to piece things together. But it’s quite a mountain to climb at this point in time.