I know a lot of Chicago Bears' fans feel like this team has been hit real hard by injuries, and after a bit of investigation, I found that they're correct. The Bears are 10th overall in Team Total Games Missed Due To Injury with 133 so far. That number will just continue to grow with 5 starters on season ending injured reserve.
Chicago's receiving corps has been hit the hardest starting with 7th overall pick Kevin White, who has spent his entire rookie year on the PUP list. Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal have both missed time and Marquess Wilson went on injured reserve last week. To further complicate Chicago's passing game, #1 tight end Martellus Bennett is also on injured reserve.
This week Jeffery missed some time with an illness and a calf injury, and he's listed as questionable (50/50) for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Other Bears receiving the questionable designation are outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee), tight end Zach Miller (ribs), defensive lineman Will Sutton (knee), cornerback Tracy Porter (ankle) and corner/nickle/special teamer Sherrick McManis (concussion).
All of those questionable Bears practiced today, with the only Bear not participating being nickleback Bryce Callahan (quad), who is listed as doubtful (75% chance he misses the game). If Callahan misses his 2nd consecutive game, it will probably be McManis taking over at the slot corner. Other candidates to play DB in sub-packages could be Alan Ball and Demontre Hurst.
For the Vikings, they have already ruled out 4 players. Safety Harrison Smith, wide receiver Charles Johnson, defensive end Scott Crichton and linebacker Anthony Barr will not play on Sunday.
Defensive linemen Linval Joseph (foot) and Everson Griffen (shoulder) were both limited in Friday's practice and are listed as questionable.
Three Vikings are probable (25% chance they miss the game), safeties Andrew Sendejo (knee) and Robert Blanton (knee), and linebacker Brandon Watts (ribs).