The Bears’ Friday injury report is a doozy.
It includes nine players who are listed as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against the Lions. And while this contest pits a pair of sub-.500 teams against each other, there’s no doubting the importance of this game. With that in mind, let’s highlight some of the most important injury updates:
• Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks practiced with limitations. Hicks met with the media on a Zoom call, in which ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson relays that the Bears’ star defensive lineman sounded hopeful that he would play.
• Roquan Smith and Alex Bars didn’t practice on Friday because of a non-injury matter. Neither player had a playing designation attached to their absence. Nagy expressed optimism that players who missed practice would play, but did so while heavily hedging. When asked if the non-injury situation had anything to do with coronavirus or contact tracing, Nagy wouldn’t elaborate citing that he couldn’t. It’s something worth monitoring in the meantime.
• Darnell Mooney‘s absence because of a knee injury was described as “precautionary.” Nagy shared an optimistic appraisal of the situation, believing money can play (per Larry Mayer). Nevertheless, it’s not easy on the stomach to see starters pop up on the injury report late in the week after being healthy all week.
• Same can be said for Allen Robinson, who had a knee issue pop up during practice. Nagy talked about Robinson practicing with limitations as a precautionary deal. He added that he didn’t think it would keep Robinson out on Sunday. And while Nagy hedged a bit by saying he couldn’t say for sure, he seemed confident.
Here’s the injury report in its entirety:
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That’s a lengthy list of notable names. Here’s hoping as many of those “questionable” players can get the green light and play. In any case, it’s looking to be an all-hands-on-deck for Sunday.