The Chicago Bears have had a lengthy injury report all week long, and while today’s final report before they play the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football is a little cleaner, the Bears have still ruled a few players out for the game.
Nose tackle John Jenkins, defensive back Sherrick McManis, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and running back David Montgomery are all ruled out and will not play. Montgomery is still in concussion protocol after taking a hit in last weeks game.
Center Sam Mustipher, who hasn’t practiced all week with a knee injury, is listed as doubtful.
Offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, who missed practice earlier his week with a knee injury but was limited today, is one of four Bears listed as questionable. The other three questionable Bears are tight end Cole Kmet (groin), who had the same practice schedule as Spriggs this week, and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and wide out Allen Robinson (knee), who each practiced in a limited capacity all week.
Center Cody Whitehair, who is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, could be activated in time for Monday’s game according to head coach Matt Nagy.
I would expect the Bears to make a few roster moves in the next couple days as they still only have 51 players on their 53-man roster (55 allowed for game day). Whitehair would fill one spot if activated, but a few practice squad players could come up as well with running back Lamar Miller, defensive lineman Daniel McCullers, and quarterback Tyler Bray being likely candidates.
The injury report from the Vikings looks like this.
Tight end Irv Smith Jr. is out and cornerback Cameron Dantzler is questionable with a concussion.
That’s it, but for those that don’t follow the Vikes that closely, they have a few key players on injured reserve, most notably linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive end Danielle Hunter, and corners Holton Hill and Mike Hughes.
EDIT: The Vikings placed offensive lineman Dru Samia, who has 4 starts this year, on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.