During their game against the New York Giants, Chicago Bears starting right tackle Bobby Massie exited with an ankle injury and did not return. Earlier today it was reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport that the injury is the dreaded high ankle sprain and it will keep him sidelined for several weeks.
Six year veteran Cornelius Lucas has been the Bears primary back up at right tackle this season and he expects to get the start as the Bears prep for a Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions.
Massie’s absence could also mean that rookie undrafted free agent Alex Bars from Notre Dame could be active on game day. Bars, who played mostly guard in college, did have some tackle reps for the Fighting Irish early in his career and also some during the 2019 preseason with the Bears. I wonder if the Bears would rotate Bars in at either right tackle or at right guard for Rashaad Coward these next few weeks, just to get him a taste of game speed.
Defensive back Sherrick McManis also left Sunday’s game with an apparent groin injury and he wasn’t able to practice today, nor were Adam Shaheen (foot) or Danny Trevathan (elbow), who haven’t played in a couple weeks.
New to the injury report were wide out Taylor Gabriel and tight end Ben Braunecker who both have entered concussion protocol. With a short turnaround this week it’s highly unlikely they’ll be cleared to play on Thursday.