With this weeks game against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night, the practice schedule for the Chicago Bears was pushed back a day, meaning, they conducted their final practice at Halas Hall today.
The final practice of the week brings the injury report, and the Bears have two players listed as doubtful. Inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski is still resting his pec injury from a few weeks ago, but now the Bears could be without outside linebacker Willie Young as well. Young popped up on the injury report this week with a triceps injury, and he did not practice today or yesterday. If Young can’t go, we should see another uptick in playing time for Pernell McPhee, but Sam Acho will also benefit.
EDIT: It’s being reported that Young had surgery on his triceps injury and will be out for the year.
Corner Marcus Cooper was a surprise on the injury report with back spasms, and he’s listed as questionable. Back spasms are an unpredictable thing, so he’ll probably be a game time decision. Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller, who have been in a three man rotation at the position with Cooper, will be ready to man the starting cornerback spots if Cooper is held out.
Also questionable for the Bears was center Hroniss Grasu, who still has that hand injury. He’s been able to practice some, but until he can snap the ball, I would expect him to be inactive on game day.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was a full participant at practice, and he wasn’t even listed on the report.
With the suspension to Danny Trevathan, John Timu will start along side Christian Jones at ILB, and he’ll also be the play caller in the huddle.
For the Minnesota Vikings, they have back up offensive tackle Rashod Hill listed as out. Safety Jayron Kearse and quarterback Sam Bradford are both listed as questionable. The buzz from Minnesota this week was that Bradford will be able to play.