By Bryan Dietzler
The Chicago Bears finished practice on Wednesday this coming after the big news of the week in that they were placing tight end Martellus Bennett on injured reserve. This means that he will miss the rest of the season and it’s yet another playmaker gone for the Bears. Bennett is suffering from a rib injury that he aggravated in the Bear’s game against the San Francisco 49ers and it was bad enough that the Bears decided to put him on injured reserve. Now the only question is, will he be a Bear next season? Time will tell.
The injury report for this Wednesday saw some new faces on it while some others from the previous week fell off and didn’t appear. There was some good news with this injury report and some not so good news with the report this week. Then you have wide receiver Kevin White and there is some additional news about him.
The following is a look at the injury report as it stands for this Wednesday (as released by the Bears). There is some insight into the player and the injury, a look at how their status is for practicing the rest of the week and how it looks for them to play in the upcoming game against the Redskins.
Sam Acho-Acho was limited in practice with a shoulder issue that he must have suffered in the Bear’s game against the 49ers on Sunday. Acho will probably be limited in practice the rest of the week and should play on Sunday depending on the severity of the injury. If the injury is deemed too severe for him to play, the Bears do have Lamarr Houston and Willie Young available to come in. It’s more than likely that Acho is going to play this Sunday and contribute on defense.
Shea McClellin-McClellin was limited in practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury he must have suffered in the 49ers game. McClellin will probably be limited in practice this week just to make sure he is rested up and ready to go for the Redskins game. The Bears need McClellin out there to call the defensive signals and get the players lined up properly because, as we have seen in the past, the defense doesn’t play as well without him in the lineup. If he stays off the ankle and has, light practices the rest of the week McClellin should start in the Bears game this Sunday.
Pernell McPhee-McPhee didn’t practice this Wednesday as he was down with the same knee injury that he has been down with for a while and it’s most likely a precautionary measure to keep him fresh and rested for this Sunday’s game. This appears to be an ongoing thing for McPhee that has kept him from practicing for a better part of the last few weeks and has kept him limited in games. The Bears will probably keep him out of practice the remainder of this week but play him in the game against the Redskins this Sunday although it might be on a limited basis. He should play but perhaps just not a lot.
Zach Miller-Much like Bennett, Miller has a rib issue that kept him limited in practice this Wednesday. The rib problem must have come out of the game the Bears had with the Packers on Thanksgiving night because he was on the injury report last week with the same problem. Miller was limited in practice last week, the entire week, but still played in the Bears game against the 49ers so look for him to be limited in practice all this week and play against the Redskins. The Bears are going to need him because he has suddenly been thrust into the number one role at the tight end position. Look for Miller to be limited in practice the rest of the week but due to necessity play on Sunday.
Tracy Porter-Porter is a new addition to the injury report and was limited in practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. The injury probably happened during the 49ers game and the Bears are wise to keep him limited in practice and ready for game day. Porter is one of the best players on defense for the Bears and he needs to be fresh and able to play this Sunday against what is a potent passing attack for the Redskins. The Bears should keep Porter limited this week so that he can play on Sunday. Will he actually play on Sunday? Hopefully the ankle is doing well enough to allow him to play. If it isn’t look for Alan Ball to get the start.
Antrel Rolle-Rolle has been out for while with a knee injury and, as has been the case for the past few weeks, he didn’t practice this week. Rolle injured his knee in practice before a game a few weeks ago and hasn’t been anywhere close to being able to practice yet alone play. It’s highly doubtful that Rolle will practice the rest of the week much less play in Sunday’s game so don’t look for him against the Redskins. He still might be able to play yet this season (this being signaled by the fact that the Bears haven’t put him on injured reserve) but he may be out one or two more games.
Eddie Royal-Don’t look now but Royal was practicing on Wednesday albeit in a limited fashion but this is clearly a good sign for him and the Bears. Royal will probably be limited the rest of this week and will be a game time decision with the coaching staff deciding whether he will play but if he does play, it will be a big boost to the Bears passing game. Consider Royal’s status for Sunday’s game a toss-up with the decision coming at the last minute.
Marquess Wilson-Wilson hurt his foot in practice last week and hasn’t practiced since and he didn’t participate in the 49ers game since. Wilson didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday and depending on the severity of the injury, he may remain out of practice the rest of the week and miss Sunday’s game. If Royal can come back and play Wilson’s loss won’t be so bad but if Royal is out the Bears will be hurting at the wide receiver position again in this game. If Wilson doesn’t practice the remainder of the week then he will be out for this Sunday’s game.
Kevin White-White continues to make good progress and is taking part in 11 on 11 drills this week. Coach John Fox is saying that White’s leg is healed and now that is all that’s left to do is for him to is get into football shape and he should be good to go. Looking at this and hearing what Fox has to say it’s entirely possible that the Bears could activate White and play him in the remaining games of the season. Incidentally, a report has just surfaced, at the time of this writing that states that the Bears are going to shut down White for the season. The team has released nothing official yet so the speculation will continue.
It is good to see Royal back up and playing but having Wilson out of the lineup is going to hurt the Bears. McPhee should play this Sunday but it might be in a limited role. Rolle will probably not play but Miller and the rest of the players on the injury report should be present and ready to go.
The Bears will need all hands on deck for their game against the Redskins but they aren’t going to get everyone there this Sunday. They will need other players to step up and play like they have been doing all season long and come up with big plays. Hopefully the Bears will remain injury free for this game and the injury report will shrink by next week but anything is possible in today’s NFL and injuries are going to happen.