As the NFL season enters it's final sprint on the calendar, the injuries for the Chicago Bears are continuing to add up. News came to light on Tuesday that Jack Sanborn's season is done due to an ankle injury. Now, the first injury report for Week 16 looks like it might exceed the amount of snow expected this weekend in Chicago.
One thing is certain, it's encouraging that Jaylon Johnson, Larry Borom, N'Keal Harry, and Josh Blackwell all practiced, or would have practiced, in full. Johnson played on Sunday, but Borom and Harry both failed to suit up in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Seeing their returns are encouraging given the state of the roster.
Limited participation from Chase Claypool and Teven Jenkins is also encouraging. Claypool also missed Sunday's game, and Jenkins was lost early in the game with a neck injury. Head coach Matt Eberflus said Jenkins is "day-to-day", a much more encouraging diagnosis given the scary scene on Sunday.
However, the list of players who did not participate on Tuesday is most concerning. Cody Whitehair's injury is apparently quite serious, and Equanimeous St. Brown is in concussion protocol. St. Brown is the last healthy receiver that began the season in the starting lineup. Byron Pringle's health is helpful, but the receiving corps cannot handle more depletion. Add Treven Wesco and Kindle Vildor's absences and it leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, Riley Reiff and Justin Jones are down with illness and should be ready by Saturday.
What's On Tap Next?
The Bears prepare for a tough test at Soldier Field this weekend as the Buffalo Bills come to town for a Christmas Eve showdown. Add in the frigid cold and expected snow and you have a hostile environment for any team to play in.
The lack of healthy bodies and talent make the Bears an underdog, but if any game can mess with a powerhouse team, it's this one. The injury report will certainly be something to keep an eye on however as the week persists.