I am someone who tries their best to balance the good and bad.
Which feels important as I wait in a queue trying to get Taylor Swift concert tickets, but I digress.
As I wait in line, I’m browsing through the news to see the Chicago Bears have released their first injury report of the week. And in it, there is good news and bad.
But first, here it is in its entirety:
Let’s start with some good news: Cornerback Jaylon Johnson isn’t on the injury report to start the week. Hooray! Johnson was limited throughout last week due to an oblique issue. And even though he played through it on Sunday, Johnson wasn’t his old self. Perhaps being a full go with a clean bill of health will get CB1 back on the right track.
More news for the “good news” column is that help is on the way to the linebackers:
Matt Adams’ return will help the depth behind the likes of Jack Sanborn and Nicholas Morrow. It’s not much, but it’s not nothing.
But where there is good news, there is the implication that bad news looms. And, unfortunately, it does. Because the rest of the injury report is messy with five players listed as “DNP” due to a variety of issues.
It is a list of heavy hitters, too. The most notable being starting right guard Teven Jenkins (hip), who missed Sunday’s game against the Lions with that same issue. Tight end Cole Kmet (thigh) suffered his injury during the loss to Detroit, but has come off during media availability as someone who sounds like they’ll be ready to give it a full go on game day. But we’ll see about that.
Also out of action were a pair of players who were DNPs before last week’s game. Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (knee) and cornerback Kindle Vildor (ankle) remained unavailable because of their injuries.
And joining that quartet in not practicing was running back David Montgomery, who was sitting out due to a personal issue.
Two Bears were practicing with limitations on Wednesday, with defensive back Dane Cruikshank (hamstring) and cornerback Kyler Gordon (knee) not giving it a full participation. The Gordon injury is one to keep eyes on over the next two injury reports because the Bears can’t really afford to lose quality players in their secondary due to injuries.