Friday’s Bears injury report was somewhat of a mixed bag, but the vibes are more good than bad.
Here’s what it looks like:
There’s plenty to go through in the rundown, so let’s dig in:
- Wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. was a full participant in Friday’s practice. The upgrade from limited participation puts him as questionable to play on Sunday, but there is a real sense that Jones will make his NFL debut against the Giants. This is a huge bit of news for the Bears. Not just from an offensive standpoint, where Chicago could use Jones in a variety of ways as a receiver and ball-carrier. But also as a return specialist. The Bears return game has been lacking and it has hurt their field position. It’ll be nice having someone who can do this in a blink:
- Linebacker Roquan Smith was also practicing in full. He has no designation, which means he has a green light to play on Sunday. This is stupendous news for everyone, save for Saquon Barkley fantasy owners.
- Bummer alert: Cornerback Jaylon Johnson, running back David Montgomery, and defensive back Dane Cruikshank are OUT for Sunday’s game. Johnson hasn’t practiced due to a quad injury he suffered last week ahead of the Bears’ win against the Texans. Meanwhile, Montgomery’s ankle/knee issue was serious enough to keep him off the practice field. Head Coach Matt Eberflus was calling Montgomery “day-to-day” earlier in the week, but that diagnoses feels off-base. The Bears didn’t rule out an IR stint for Montgomery. Here’s hoping it doesn’t come to that.
- Defensive end Robert Quinn (illness) was upgraded from not practicing to limited participation. Cairo Santos (personal) didn’t practice for a second consecutive day. Both players are questionable to play on Sunday. As is Sterling Weatherford, a linebacker whose ankle limited his practicing on Thursday.
All in all, I suppose things could be worse. Here’s to no last-minute changes between now and when inactive players are submitted on Sunday.