Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy met the media earlier today and he gave an update on the injuries to outside linebacker Aaron Lynch and free safety Eddie Jackson, ”I don’t think either one of them is season ending.”
While not an official diagnosis from a doctor, it is good news to hear him say that rather than they fear they’ll both be out for the year. The two players went through tests earlier today and Nagy said, “We’re keeping our fingers crossed for both of them.”
The two players will continue to be monitored and we’ll likely know more by Wednesday.
Lynch injured his right elbow early in the game yesterday against the Packers, while Jackson hurt his right ankle on his game sealing interception in the waning seconds.
Lynch’s arm was limp as they helped him off the field and Jackson was spotted in a walking boot after the game. Nagy called Jackson’s injury a sprained ankle in his post game press conference, and when Jackson was leaving the locker room, he told Stacy Dales of the NFL Network that he was going to be okay.
While Jackson has been in the Pro Bowl discussion all year long, Lynch has been an important part of the outside linebacker rotation behind Leonard Floyd and Khalil Mack. Filling in for Jackson will likely be Deon Bush, and taking Lynch’s spot will be a combination of Isaiah Irving and rookie Kylie Fitts.
The Bears travel to play the 49ers and the Vikings to close out their regular season before hosting a playoff game at Soldier Field. That postseason game will either be on wildcard weekend if they stay in the 3rd seed, or after a bye if they can make it up to the second or first seed.