In comparison to his first four games with the Bears, Khalil Mack had by far less of an impact against the Dolphins this past Sunday. Whether it be Miami offensive tackles Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James putting on a clinic, a 98 degree heat index, or an ankle injury, it didn’t matter. Mack didn’t look like someone in the running for Defensive Player of the Year.
It’s that ankle injury that’s drummed up a moderate amount of concern as the Bears face one of the toughest turnarounds after an emotional defeat in the NFL with the Patriots coming to Soldier Field. Mack didn’t miss a notable amount of snaps in rolling his ankle at Hard Rock Stadium, but it’s still something to monitor for his status in the immediate aftermath. Unsurprisingly, head coach Matt Nagy didn’t have a clear update on his star player’s health on Wednesday as he called Mack “day-to-day”.
It doesn’t sound like the Bears are too concerned about Mack. After all, he hasn’t missed a game thus far in his four-year NFL career. It’ll likely take more than an ankle that can be taped up to hold him out of a titanic matchup against the Patriots at home. This is something to note as the rest of the week develops at Halas Hall.
Meanwhile, Nagy liberally used “day-to-day” for Prince Amukamara, who re-aggravated a hamstring injury he suffered way back in Week 3 against the Cardinals. The 29-year-old Amukamara has a history of hamstring issues ailing him throughout his lengthy career, so the guess here is this is a little more serious. Poor timing on the Bears’ part to potentially not have Amukamara available with Tom Brady and one of the NFL’s best offenses coming into town. You live and you learn.
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