A slew of important Bears popped up on the week’s first injury report, which makes it tough to stomach as we march on through the back half of the 2020 season.
There are 10 players who missed Thursday’s practice. It looks bad, but it could be worse.
Jimmy Graham, Akiem Hicks, and Danny Trevathan were designated non-injured resting veterans. Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder), Sam Mustipher (knee), and John Jenkins (ankle) who were presumed to be out due to the severity of the injuries they suffered in Week 8 against the Saints. Sherrick McManis (hand) figured to be out after his injury was revealed earlier in the week. And David Montgomery remains out until further notice while he works through concussion protocol.
However, rookie Cole Kmet’s absence due to an injured groin is a cause for concern.
Kmet appeared on last week’s injury report with a groin issue, played in Week 9 against the Titans, but didn’t make any splash plays during his time on the field. We’ll see how Kmet progresses, but this represents a tough turn of events. Kmet was just starting to see an up-tick in playing time, garnering a fair number of snaps in recent weeks. And while he wasn’t being targeted in the passing game, there was hope that his time was coming as he earned more playing time.
Receiver Allen Robinson (knee) and linebacker Roquan Smith (back) were limited in Thursday’s practice. In many occasions, a limited designation is concerning. The Bears have limited key players in order to give them extra rest during the practice schedule. Even still … we’ll keep an eye on their status over the next few days.
Here’s the injury report in its entirety:
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