The injury report for the Chicago Bears does look extremely clean this week, but keep in mind they did lose nickleback Bryce Callahan to injured reserve this week. Callahan has been playing the best football of his career, and considering how much time the Bears spend in nickle, missing him will be a tough blow for the defense. But luckily for Chicago, they have a veteran on the roster that has had some success in the past. Early in Sherrick McManis’ career he played solid football on defense, but a few miscues relegated him to a near exclusivity on the third phase. But since Vic Fangio took over the D, McManis has found a role again on defense, and I think he’s looked decent.
There will be a drop off from Callahan to McManis, but if the front seven can continue their dominating ways, we might not see it as much.
As for today’s report, the Bears officially list three players as questionable. Safety Eddie Jackson (shin) didn’t practice, defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) was limited, and wide receiver Allen Robinson II (hip) was a full participant. Jackson and Nichols have been getting the Friday day off treatment as a precaution over the last month.
Head coach Matt Nagy expects all three to play on Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers only have three players on their injury report as well.
Corner Bashaud Breeland (groin) and defensive end Kenny Clark (elbow) are questionable, and starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) is doubtful. Neither of these three players practiced at all this week.