There may be at all times some angst when the primary damage report of the week hits.
However all the pieces is a little more amplified when it’s Bears-Packers Week.
And but, right here I’m making an attempt to compose myself for the primary damage report replace submit of the week:
— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) October 13, 2021
Six Bears gamers didn’t follow on Wednesday. At first blush, it could be a cute for concern. However let’s kind via it.
Khalil Mack has been on the damage report for the higher a part of the final two years, and is coming off what may be his greatest efficiency with the Bears. Jimmy Graham usually stats the week as a non-practicing resting veteran. Caleb Johnson may miss “a sport or two,” per the Tribune’s Brad Biggs. So whereas his DNP stings, it doesn’t sound prefer it’s a long-term subject. J.P. Holtz didn’t follow final week because of the quad subject that has him beginning the week as a DNP. All in all, it’s not wholly terrible.
This leaves us with Allen Robinson II and Akiem Hicks as the 2 standouts on the record.
Hicks didn’t follow final Wednesday or Thursday, however was restricted on Friday. The Bears didn’t announce Hicks wasn’t taking part in till Saturday upon leaving for Las Vegas. It’s doable Chicago is limiting Hicks’ follow reps so as to give him a fighter’s probability at taking part in on Sunday in opposition to Inexperienced Bay. Hicks’ motor runs sizzling for each sport, however a few of his greatest work has come in opposition to the Packers.
Robinson pops up as a non-participant because of an ankle subject. For what it’s price, Robinson was in on 83 p.c of the offensive snaps on Sunday. That isn’t can alarmingly quantity in comparison with his 82 p.c snap share he’s taking part in at via 5 video games this season.
We’ll proceed to observe the standing of Hicks, Mack, Robinson, and everybody else on the damage report. Particularly Justin Fields. You by no means wish to see QB1 on the damage report, however Fields being a full participant regardless of rib/knee points is a optimistic signal. Fields missed two performs after a knee hyperextension, and in addition took a tough hit to the ribs whereas making an attempt to execute the spin transfer he mentioned he was retiring within the preseason. Nobody will query Fields’ toughness. We noticed the Clemson sport and the way he cooked that protection after taking an enormous hit. It’s simply that Bears followers need a wholesome quarterback coming into the largest sport of the yr (thus far). Then once more, that full participation subsequent to Fields’ identify tells us he’s good to go.
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