The Chicago Bears have one of their cleanest injury reports of the 2016 season with only one player ruled out, six listed as questionable and none receiving the doubtful designation.
But the biggest news may be the two Pro Bowl players that aren’t listed at all this week. Both Josh Sitton and Kyle Long will be back manning their respective offensive guard spots on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rookie corner Deiondre’ Hall will miss his 5th consecutive game since injuring his ankle in practice. The length of his injury makes it seem like his was the dreaded high ankle sprain.
The six Bears listed as questionable are WR Eddie Royal (toe), NT Eddie Goldman (ankle), OLB Pernell McPhee (knee), DL Mitch Unrein (back), and CBs Bryce Callahan (hamstring) and Tracy Porter (knee).
On Monday, Goldman was asked if it was possible he plays for the first time since week 2 and his reply, “Yes.” So if Unrein is limited or can’t go, the Bears should have their big nose tackle back in some capacity on Sunday. Also, we should look for rookie Jonathan Bullard to try and make his mark on the d-line in Tampa Bay.
Wide receiver Marquess Wilson has yet to be fully activated from the PUP list, but the Bears do have an opening on their 53 man roster.
The Bucs may have their #1 RB back as Doug Martin will be a game time decision after being sidelined since September 19th with a hamstring issue. He’s listed as questionable along with defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.
Center Joe Hawley is doubtful, and OG Kevin Pamphile, WR Russell Shepard and RB Jacquizz Rodgers are ruled out.
Wide out Mike Evans is out of concussion protocol and has practiced all week. Also practicing all week was quarterback Jameis Winston, who hurt his knee last Sunday. Neither were on Tampa Bay’s report and both will play on Sunday.