With a Thursday Night opener kicking off the 2019 NFL season, the usual practice schedule has been tweaked this week for the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. Meaning, the final injury report that usually comes out on the Friday before a Sunday game, is coming out today. The teams only held walk-though practices on Wednesday, so all participation information is given as if there had been a regular practice.
The Chicago Bears list three players on their first injury report of 2019. Tight end Trey Burton, offensive tackle Rashaad Coward, and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols are all questionable. The NFL defines the questionable designation as the “player is not certain to play.”
Burton is dealing with a groin injury and he’s been limited all week, Coward didn’t practice on Monday with that hyper-extended elbow, but has been limited since, and Nichols was limited the last two days with a knee. But if you remember last year, every time the Bears practiced indoors they limited Nichols as a precautionary maintenance thing. He was questionable most of 2018 with the same “injury,” but played the final 12 straight games for the Bears.
The Packers had a lengthy injury list all week, but the official report only lists three players. Inside linebacker Oren Burks and wide receiver Darrius Shepherd are both out, and corner Ka’dar Hollman is questionable. Burks was expected to be a starter this year for the Pack.
Green Bay will also be without linebacker Curtis Bolton, fullback Malcolm Johnson, tackle Jason Spriggs, wide out Equanimeous St. Brown, and tight end Jace Sternberger who are all on injured reserve, and safety Ibraheim Campbell and linebacker Greg Roberts who are both on the PUP list.