By Bryan Dietzler
The Chicago Bears will face their biggest rival, the Green Bay Packers, at Lambeau Field this Thursday night in Green Bay. The following is a quick review of the injury report for both the Bears and Packers and what each injury means to both teams.
Tom Compton-OT/G-Compton practiced in full on Monday and appears to be ready for the game. The Bears may need his services Thursday.
Quintin Demps-SS-He will be out with a broken forearm for this and the next few games. Adrian Amos, last year’s starter at free safety, will take his place.
Hroniss Grasu-C-Grasu has been limited in practice all week with a hand injury and is questionable for tonight’s game. If he is out, that tightens up the depth at the center position and may force some reshuffling.
Nick Kwiatkoski-LB-After tearing his pectoral muscle against the Buccaneers, he won’t be available for this game leaving Christian Jones and John Timu to man his position. Hopefully, they will be able to continue to step up.
Josh Sitton-RG-Sitton did not play in last week’s game and was limited in practice this week with a rib injury. Consider him a game-time decision that could cause some reshuffling on the offensive line for the second week in a row.
Akiem Hicks-DE-Hicks was just added to the injury report with a foot injury and is listed as questionable. Hopefully, he plays because the Bears need his leadership and pass rush ability tonight. With Aaron Rodgers being one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the league, getting a lot of a pass pressure on him and getting him down is a must.
Overall, surprisingly, the Bears aren’t as banged too terribly but the possibility of having Hicks out is concerning. Hopefully, he will be able to play.
Green Bay Packers
Davon House-CB-House will be out of the lineup with a quad injury tonight. House, the Packers starter at left corner, will be missed. This means that Quintin Rollins will likely have to step in and play tonight.
David Bakhtiari-OT– After a week of limited participation in practice, he is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury going into the game tonight. Should he not be able to play, Adam Pankey will take his place.
Bryan Bulaga-OT-Bulaga, the tackle opposite Bakhtiari, is also listed as doubtful and will probably be out for Thursday’s game. Having both of their offensive tackles out tonight is not good for Green Bay. Hopefully, Chicago’s pass rush will be able to take advantage of this and get a lot of pass pressure on Rodgers. If Bulaga can’t play then the Packers will have to do some switching around to make things work.
Mike Daniels-DT-Daniels has a hip injury and has been limited in practice all week. It’s not known yet if he will play and if he can’t then Montravious Adams should take his place.
Nick Perry-LB-Perry enters the game as questionable but practiced in full after starting the week limited. It appears as if he is a go but if he can’t go then Kyler Fackrell will get the starting nod.
The Packers had five other players who started out the week limited in practice but ended it with no limitations. They were:
Safety Kentrell Rice with a groin injury.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb with a chest injury.
Running back Ty Montgomery with a wrist injury.
Linebacker Jake Ryan with a hamstring and a concussion issue.
Defensive tackle Quinton Dial with a chest injury.
Green Bay may have some critical pieces of their offensive line missing in this game so Chicago needs to take advantage of that. They need to rush Rodgers, contain him and not let him make plays with his feet. That will be easier with Bulaga and Bakhtiari out.
Hopefully, that will help even things up a little bit.
Score Prediction: Green Bay 21 Chicago 17
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