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How Does the Bears' Laundry List of Injuries Look?

With the regular season just five weeks away, the Bears total tally of players missing from practice continues to grow. There is time on their side but each passing day comes with growing concern.
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Head Coach Matt Nagy spoke to the media ahead of the team's practice on Saturday. Nagy provided an update on the team's health and it turned out to be less than ideal. The list of ailments plaguing the team has expanded.

Injury Updates for Saturday

Four new players were held out of Saturday's practice:

  • J.P Holtz (quad)
  • Lachavious Simmons (concussion)
  • Thomas Ives (glute)
  • Roquan Smith (groin)

In regards to Smith's injury, the head coach provided some thoughts. Even though it failed to provide an ounce of clarity.

Meanwhile, a handful of key veteran players got the day off as part of "load management", according to Nagy. Those players were:

  • Jimmy Graham
  • Akiem Hicks
  • Danny Trevathan
  • Khalil Mack
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However, Nagy did provide a positive update and that a handful of players returned to the field. Even though the practice time was limited for those players.

Eddie Jackson Update

Additionally, the fourth-year head coach provided an update on starting free safety Eddie Jackson. Jackson, who landed on the non-football injury list at the start of camp, remains out. However, Nagy had the following to say about Jackson's injury status:

Final Tally

Surprisingly, the Bears are a banged up unit this early into training camp. As a result, their rash of ailments forces third-string players into starting roles and that doesn't bode well, especially with their first preseason game just one week away.

Out (10)

NFI (1)

PUP (2)

COVID-19 Reserve (4)

Limited (7)

Load Management (4)

OT: Larry Borom (concussion)

S: Eddie Jackson (hamstring)

RB: Tarik Cohen (ACL)

DT: Eddie Goldman

LB: Robert Quinn (back)

TE: Jimmy Graham

CB: Artie Burns (quad)

RT: Germain Ifedi (hip flexor)

LB: Christian Jones

RB: Artavis Pierce (hamstring)

DT: Akiem Hicks

S: Tashaun Gipson (groin)

LS: Patrick Scales

CB: Michael Joseph (hamstring)

ILB: Danny Trevathan

TE: J.P Holtz (quad)

OT: Elijah Wilkinson

WR: Damiere Byrd (heel)

OLB: Khalil Mack

WR: Thomas Ives (glute)

OT: Badara Traore (knee)

OT: Tevin Jenkins (back)

CB: Desmond Trufant (groin)

OT: Lachavious Simmons (concussion)

LB: Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring)

ILB: Roquan Smith (groin)

OLB: Josh Woods (quad)

RG: James Daniels (quad)

To sum up, these are following injuries by position:

  • Offensive linemen: 7
  • Linebackers: 5
  • Cornerbacks: 3
  • Safeties: 2
  • Running backs: 2
  • Wide Receivers: 2
  • Tight Ends: 1
  • Defensive linemen: 1
  • Long snappers: 1

Notably, the four players that were being held out for rest were not included.

No Need to Panic, But It's Ok to be Concerned

In conclusion, while there aren't any injuries causing significant concern there is reason to worry as some players haven't practiced at all yet. On the other hand, the Bears do have time on their side as there are five weeks until their first regular season game. Ideally, you'd like to see these players get reps during camp leading up to Week One. It'll be an interesting development to keep an eye on as training goes on and as preseason gets underway.