By Bryan Dietzler
It’s that time of the week again. Time for the Bears to hit the practice field and prepare for their next game as this weekend they will be going up against the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota. The Bears released their injury report for Wednesday and there are a couple of new faces on it including one that was off the injury report for a couple weeks but then has suddenly made an appearance back on it. That player is Alshon Jeffery and this could spell bad news for the Bears. The coaching staff, the players and the fans don’t want to see him on the injury report again.
The following is a look at the injury report for Wednesday. There is some insight into the injury, any new updates to the play and the injury and what it might mean for the Bear’s game against the Vikings this Sunday. There is also an update on some of the players that have recently been placed on injured reserve.
Bryce Callahan-Callahan, the nickel corner for the Bears, has missed some time recently with a quadriceps injury and did not practice this Wednesday. The injury must be serious because it is keeping Callahan out of game action as well as practice and odds are good that he is not going to play this Sunday. Callahan was performing pretty well as the nickel back on defense for the Bears (remember the big game he had against the Packers on Thanksgiving night?) so they will miss him in the lineup. Look for Callahan to not practice the rest of the week and be out for Sunday’s game.
Alshon Jeffery-Jeffery shows up yet again on the injury report after being off it for a short period of time. He has an injury to his calf and he must have suffered this in practice quite possibly in Wednesday’s session. No one likes to see him on the injury report but he is on there again. Jeffery was limited in Wednesday’s practice and depending on how the rest of his week goes, he may or may not participate in the game this Sunday as it depends on the severity of his injury. Look for Jeffery to be a game time decision.
Sherrick McMannis-McMannis didn’t practice this Wednesday because he was still undergoing the concussion protocol after suffering a concussion in a recent game. Typically, a player is out a week or two when it comes to having a concussion (depending on the severity of the trauma) so McMannis may be out of the game this Sunday. Look for him to not practice the rest of the week and miss the game against the Vikings.
Pernell McPhee-McPhee has had a nagging knee injury for a better part of the season and has missed some time and played fewer snaps as a result. McPhee missed the game against the Redskins this past Sunday and was limited in practice on Wednesday. McPhee will probably be limited in practice the rest of the week and could end up being a game time decision for the Bears this Sunday. If he remains limited this week, he may see a limited number of snaps in the game against the Vikings but if he should go out and not practice Thursday and/or Friday then he may be out of the game this Sunday. Keep an eye on his status to see if it changes as the week progresses.
Zach Miller-Miller had been on the injury report the past couple weeks with a rib injury but he was on this Wednesday’s injury report as not participating in practice with an illness. It is not known how severe his illness is but it has kept him out of practice so there is always a chance it could keep him out of the game this Sunday. Hopefully Miller will get back to being healthy and will be ready to go for the Bears game against the Vikings. He is now their number one tight end and needs to be in the lineup to make the offense function and be better. Consider his status for this Sunday a little up in the air depending on whether or not he gets over his illness.
Tracy Porter-Porter has had a problem with his ankle for a couple of weeks now (he most likely injured it in the San Francisco game) and was limited in practice Wednesday. Porter was limited last week as well but played in last Sunday’s game against the Redskins. As long as they can keep him off that ankle and not have him practice too much on it, aggravating it even more, he should be able to play this Sunday against the Vikings. Look for Porter to remain limited in practice but play this Sunday.
Will Sutton-Sutton injured his knee slightly in the game against the Redskins this past Sunday and was in the injury report this week as being limited in practice. The Bears are going to need all hands deck at the defensive line position now that Ziggy Hood is gone so hopes will be high that Sutton is ready to go for this game. Look for him to be limited in practice this week but play this Sunday.
Kevin White-The Bears did what many thought that they would do and place White on season ending injured reserve. White had been practicing well over the course of the last couple of weeks and it was stated that his leg was fully healed but without much to play for the Bears decided to shut him down and keep him on the shelf until next season. It will be interesting to see what he does next season as fans, along with the coaching staff, will have to wait a while to see what White brings to the Bears.
After last week’s injury report was reviewed, Marquess Wilson was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. He had missed a game plus two weeks of practice with a foot injury and it was decided that he needed to have surgery on the foot so the Bears placed him on injured reserve. He should be fully healed and ready to go by training camp next season.
The injury to keep an eye on is Jeffery’s. If he doesn’t play, the Bear’s wide receiving corps is going to be stretched thin again and the offense will suffer. Consider McPhee a game time decision and if he doesn’t play then Lamarr Houston and Willie Young will have to come in and play again but they have done well in relief. It’s hoped that Miller will get over his illness in time for the game and he should. Porter should be fine, as should Sutton. McMannis and Callahan will probably be out for this game.