Only having eight total offensive linemen available at practice today (including the practice squadders) wasn’t the most surprising news for the Chicago Bears, as it was also announced that back up quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is out with a shoulder injury.
He landed awkwardly on his right shoulder on his one play against the Saints, and there no no timetable known at this time for recovery. If Mitch can’t suit up on Sunday that would make Tyler Bray the number two behind starter Nick Foles.
Here’s the full run down on the injury list from Wednesday.
Did Not Practice Injured
Eddie Jackson, S, Knee
John Jenkins, NT, Ankle
Roy Robertson-Harris, DE, Shoulder
Jimmy Graham, TE, Knee/hamstring
Anthony Miller, WR, Toe
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Right shoulder
Sam Mustipher, OL, Knee
Cody Whitehair, C, Calf
Limited practice Injured
Tashaun Gipson Sr., S, Foot
Rashaad Coward, OL, Ankle
DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, Forearm/ankle
Did Not Practice Non-injury/resting veteran
Akiem Hicks, DT
Danny Trevathan, ILB
The one bit of good news on today’s list is the absence of Khalil Mack.
In taking a deeper look at the offensive line, keep in mind that they are also without Germain Ifedi and Jason Spriggs, who are both on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, plus they put Bobby Massie on injured reserve yesterday.
Ifedi, who was a close contact to a positive test, could play Sunday if he tests negative on Saturday, but Spriggs, who filled it at right tackle when Massie was hurt, will not be back this week.
At this point head coach Matt Nagy said he isn’t sure how he’ll line up his starting five offensive linemen against the Tennessee Titans. The only position that isn’t up in the air is left tackle and Charles Leno Jr.
The Bears listed a couple QB on today’s try-out list, Jake Rudock and Kyle Sloter, along with wide out Jester Weah and defensive tackle Tyler Clarkbut, with defensive tackle Anthony Rush listed as a visit, but COVID rules mean that the try-outs will take place in a few days.
Also per the Per the NFL transaction wire, the Bears have activated practice squad defensive back Michael Joseph from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but he remains on their Reserve/Injured list.
Javon Wims heads to the Reserve/Suspended list (for 2 games), and the Ted Ginn Jr. release is official.