The Bears are going to play the NFL’s worst offense on Sunday in the Bills. Not only does Buffalo have pro football’s worst offense this individual year, it’s also historically the worst ever. If there were an ideal week to hypothetically give a defensive cornerstone another day off to get fully healthy, it’d be this one. By no coincidence, expect that to be the likely case when it comes to Chicago’s Khalil Mack.
On Wednesday, Mack entered what head coach Matt Nagy called a “similar” practice plan of what the Bears’ star has been through in recent weeks. That means not participating on Wednesday and Thursday, and a limited designation on Friday. It also means evaluating the situation honestly and deciding you can afford to give Mack rest against a putrid Buffalo offense that will in many ways beat itself.
The moral of the story, is that even if he was closer to 100 percent healthy: don’t expect Mack to play against the Bills on Sunday.
In other major injury report news, Allen Robinson is still dealing with a groin injury he suffered a little under two weeks ago. There was no official update on his status aside from the fact that he’s still dealing with it. Buffalo actually does have a competent defense, so you could make the case that the Bears need their No. 1 receiver to enjoy offensive success on the road.
Meanwhile, Eric Kush was limited with neck stingers that bothered him for most of October. With unfortunate news that Kyle Long will most of the rest of the Bears’ regular season, the status of Kush looms large the rest of the way. Chicago’s top interior reserve offensive lineman is more than likely going to have to play this Sunday, even if he isn’t fully recovered. That’s just the nature of the NFL beast where most players aren’t technically “healthy” by this time of year.
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