The Chicago Bears are heading into their game against the Minnesota Vikings short handed as they’ve already ruled nickelback Buster Skrine out for the game, but they’ve also listed five players as questionable for Sunday.
Starting corner Jaylon Johnson hasn’t practiced all week with that shoulder injury he suffered against the Texans, and safety Deon Bush missed all week as well with a foot injury from that game. These two questionable Bears are likely game time decisions.
EDIT: On Saturday the Bears changed the status of Johnson and Bush to out.
Duke Shelley will probably get the start at nickel again this week, and if Johnson can’t go it’ll likely be rookie Kindle Vildor lining up opposite Kyle Fuller.
Outside linebackers Khalil Mack (shoulder) and James Vaughters (knee), and tight end Jimmy Graham (hip), are the other questionable players, but all were limited today and should play on Sunday.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was also limited today, but his was just a resting vet designation, and he’ll be good to go Sunday as the Bears look to slow down Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook.
The Bears will also be shorthanded on their coaching staff this week, as secondary coach Deshea Townsend will miss the game for a personal reason, which is not COVID related.
The Vikings have ruled linebacker Eric Kendricks and tight end Kyle Rudolph both out for Sunday, with running back Alexander Mattison (illness) listed as questionable.