The injuries are starting to pile up for the Chicago Bears as they ready themselves for a matchup against the New York Giants this Sunday. While they’ll be without a few starters, they will have a rookie make his debut.
Here’s the official game-day injury report from the Bears.
- David Montgomery, RB (Ankle) - Out
- Jaylon Johnson, CB (Quad) - Out
- Dane Cruikshank, S (Hamstring) - Out
- Matthew Adams, LB (Hamstring) - Doubtful
- Ryan Griffin, TE (Achilles) - Doubtful
- Robert Quinn, DE (Illness) - Questionable
- Cairo Santos, K (Personal) - Out
- Sterling Weatherford, LB (Ankle) - Questionable
- Velus Jones Jr., WR (Hamstring) - Questionable
Johnson missing another week isn’t ideal, but the Giants’ receiving corps is a mess right now, so the Bears should be able to make it work.
Khalil Herbert is in line to start for D-Mo, and they may elevate Darrynton Evans to go along with rookie Trestan Ebner at running back.
UPDATE: The Bears elevated Evans from the practice squad on Saturday.
I’d expect Joe Thomas to start again for Adams at strongside linebacker if his hamstring prevents him from suiting up.
The Tribune’s Brad Biggs Tweeted that the Bears are “bracing for the possibility” that Santos doesn’t even go to New York as he’s dealing with a personal matter. If Santos misses, I expect them to make a roster move for a kicker. Today they worked out kickers Michael Badgley, Brian Johnson, and Josh Lambo.
UPDATE: The Bears signed kicker Mike Badgley, so that likely means Cairo Santos, who has been away for personal reasons, will miss tomorrow’s game against the Giants.
Quinn has been sick for a couple of days, but he was limited at practice today.
The good news from the report is that the rookie Jones was a full participant at Friday’s practice and should be able to play.
The Giants list five players on their report this week, and all five have already been ruled out.
- Kadarius Toney, WR (hamstring) - Out
- Wan’Dale Robinson, WR (knee) - Out
- Leonard Williams, DL (knee) - Out
- Cordale Flott, CB (Calf) - Out
- Nick McCloud, CB (hamstring) - Out
Receivers Toney and Robinson are listed as starters for N.Y., and they also have two receivers on IR, so this Sunday they could be leaning on Kenny Golladay to show them something finally. Other wide outs on their active roster are Richie James, David Sills V, and Darius Slayton.
Leonard Williams is their top defensive tackle, and with him out, they may turn to former Bear Nick Williams.
Check out this week’s video version of the injury report on my T Formation Conversation podcast live tonight at 8:00 p.m. CT with special guest Dr. Mason West. Mason knows his stuff about sports injuries, so I’m excited to add his perspective to the show. You guys can follow Mason on Instagram and Twitter for more knowledge.
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