Relatively speaking, the Chicago Bears’ injury reports have been very mild this year so far. The Bears are listing three players as out for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but none are season ending injuries.
Chicago will be without wide out Anthony Miller (shoulder), and corner backs Prince Amukamara (hamstring) and Marcus Cooper (hamstring). Neither of these three practiced at all this week.
With Miller out there could be more opportunities for Kevin White to see meaningful reps in the passing game, although Josh Bellamy was mentioned by head coach Matt Nagy as the player that will replace Miller in the slot. We may also finally see rookie Javon Wims activated as well.
Amukamara’s absence could lead to nickleback Bryce Callahan starting outside (then kicking to the slot on nickle), but we could see rookie UDFA Kevin Toliver II get the start outside. “It’s going to be a really good opportunity for him,” says Nagy of Toliver. “He’s certainly going to be challenged by those great wide receivers and tight ends.”
For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers there will be no Chris Conte revenge game, because the Bucs put the ex-Bear on injured reserve this week.
They will also be without starting defensive tackle Beau Allen (foot) who has been ruled out.
Questionable Buccaneers are DT Vita Vea (calf), S Jordan Whitehead (shoulder/hamstring), S Marcus Williams (hamstring), and CB Carlton Davis (groin). Whitehead and Davis are both starters and both were limited at practice today.