The Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off on Sunday afternoon, and each team will be scrambling to fill in for their injured players. Depth will be key for both teams this week, and with the weather expected to be hot and humid on Sunday, depth will come into play there as well.
Here’s how the Bears list their injury report this week.
UPDATE: Akiem Hicks has been downgraded to out. (link)
The Bears will be on their third safety with Tashaun Gipson Sr. ruled out and Deon Bush recently placed on injured reserve, so DeAndre Houston-Carson is in line for the first start in his six year career next to Eddie Jackson.
The Bears have two players still on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, running back Damien Williams and outside linebacker Robert Quinn, and it was announced earlier today that tight end Jimmy Graham was also placed on that list.
UPDATE: Damien Williams has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. (link)
If Graham can’t go on Sunday at least it seems like J.P. Holtz (questionable) is trending to being able to play. He has missed the last two weeks, but he was a full participant on Friday.
Akiem Hicks gutted through some obvious soreness last Sunday, and the Bears eased him into the week with his only limited participation at practice coming today, but on Saturday he was downgraded to out. Fellow d-lineman Bilal Nichols not practicing the last two days isn’t ideal however.
Here’s how the Bucs list their injured this week.
- Rob Gronkowski, TE (Ribs) - Out
- Antonio Brown, WR (Ankle) - Out
- Lavonte David, LB (Ankle) - Out
- Richard Sherman, CB (Hamstring) - Out
- O.J. Howard, TE (Ankle) - Questionable
- Jason Pierre-Paul, OLB (Shoulder/Hand) - Questionable
All of their players listed as out are starters. Howard was a full participant at Friday’s practice for the Bucs, so he’s likely playing, but Pierre-Paul hasn’t practiced all week. Tampa head coach Bruce Arians said that it’s possible JPP could play on Sunday, so expect him to be a game time decision.
The Bucs announced that safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. has cleared concussion protocol and will be good to go for the Bears.