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Bears receiver Chase Claypool, right guard Teven Jenkins and left guard Cody Whitehair
Bears receiver Chase Claypool, right guard Teven Jenkins and left guard Cody Whitehair

It appears that the Bears will be shorthanded both on their offensive line and at the receiver position in Saturday's home game against the Bills.

Left guard Cody Whitehair (knee) and right guard Teven Jenkins (neck) are listed as doubtful with injuries that prevented them from practicing Wednesday and Thursday. Both players were hurt in last Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

With neither expected to play versus Buffalo, the Bears likely will employ their eighth different offensive line combination of the season.

Coach Matt Eberflus said Thursday that Michael Schofield III would likely start in place of Jenkins at right guard. Schofield, an eight-year NFL veteran, has appeared in 10 games with four starts this season. After Jenkins was injured on the Bears' opening possession last Sunday, Schofield stepped in and played the remainder of the game.

One possible replacement at left guard is Larry Borom, who has played exclusively at the left and right tackle positions in two seasons with the Bears. The 2021 fifth-round pick from Missouri primarily played tackle in college but started two games at left guard in 2019.

"Obviously, when you're potentially losing two starters on the inside of your line, that's a big thing," Eberflus said. "That's something that we've looked at all week. Schofield will be in there if one of them can't go, and if the second guy can't go, we'll see what happens. Larry Borom has been working in there a little bit, which has been good. I think he's done some good things. Those guys have always prepared in different spots, and you've got to have a pair and a spare. You've always got to do that, and the guys are excited about that. [Offensive line coach] Chris Morgan has done a good job all year with different line changes and [assistant line coach] Austin King as well."

Eberflus has been impressed with how Borom—a 6-5, 333-pounder who recently recovered from a knee injury—has performed at guard in practice.

"He looks comfortable in there," Eberflus said. "He's done a good job in there all week, just being in that tighter space. He's a big guy who can move guys off the ball, which is good in our run game. I think he's done a good job with his assignments in there, so it's a good look."

The Bears will also be thin at receiver against the Bills. Darnell Mooney is out for the season with an ankle injury, Equanimeous St. Brown has been ruled out of the game with a concussion and Chase Claypool is doubtful with a knee injury that prevented him from playing versus the Eagles.

Asked whether it's been problematic that the Bears aren't getting a chance to see what Claypool can do, Eberflus said: "I think that's always the case. You always want to see what they can do. You want to see their skillsets. You want to be able to evaluate those things. And when a player's out, you don't get to do that. That's always the case. It doesn't matter if it's Claypool or whoever else it is. We always want a chance to evaluate our guys in practice and then put them in the best position to succeed."

Against the Eagles, Bears wide receivers combined for seven catches for 89 yards: Byron Pringle (2-39), Nsimba Webster (2-14), St. Brown (1-20), Dante Pettis (1-13) and Velus Jones Jr. (1-3).

Veteran receiver N'Keal Harry also missed last Sunday's game with a back injury, but the fourth-year pro is expected to return Saturday versus Buffalo.

"I've been getting a lot of treatment these last few weeks, so I'm feeling good and ready to go this weekend," Harry said. "Last week I was still going through a good amount of pain. I still would have tried to go out there and fight through it, but I think it was one of those situations where coach had to save me from myself. He's looking out for my best interest. He thought it was best to have me rest for one more week. I'm just excited to get out there, get back on the field and help this team win some games."

The Bears spent a chilly Wednesday afternoon on the practice fields at Halas Hall getting ready for their Christmas Eve matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

In addition to St. Brown, tight end Trevon Wesco (calf) has been ruled out of Saturday's game.

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson (finger/ribs) was originally listed as questionable for Saturday's game, and fellow cornerback Kindle Vildor (ankle) was ruled out, but both were placed on injured reserve Friday and will miss the remainder of the season.

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
PlayerInjuryGame status
Josh Blackwell
Josh Blackwell
ShoulderNot_Listed
Larry Borom
Larry Borom
KneeNot_Listed
PRO CAREER:


Has caught 160 passes for 2,127 yards and 12 TDs
Has rushed 33 times for 171 yards and two TDs
Totaled eight receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason (two games)
Was named to PFWA All-Rookie team in 2020 after posting 889 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns, tied for the third-most touchdowns in a season by a rookie wide receiver since 2000
Made NFL debut in Week 1 of 2020 (at N.Y. Giants)
Made NFL starting debut in Week 5 of 2020 (vs. Philadelphia)


2022 SEASON (Steelers/Bears):


Has played in 11 games this season with nine starts, this season, logging 32 receptions for 311 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing eight times for 55 yards
Posted a season-best seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Week 6 win vs. Tampa Bay
Reached 2,000 career receiving yards in Week 8 at Philadelphia
Also threw a touchdown pass on 4th and goal in the first quarter in this game, becoming the second WR or TE with a pass TD on 4th down since 2000
Made his debut with the Bears in Week 9 vs. Miami, playing in 26 of 74 (35%) offensive snaps, posting two catches for 13 yards and rushing one time for four yards
Had one reception for eight yards against the Lions in Week 10
Hauled in two receptions for 11 yards in Week 11 at Atlanta
Caught two passes for 51 yards against the Jets in Week 12, including a 31-yard pass from Trevor Siemian to set up a Bears touchdown


2021 SEASON (Steelers):


Played in 15 games (13 starts)
Topped 1,000 career receiving yards in Week 3 vs Cincinnati
Was inactive in Week 4 at Green Bay due to a hamstring injury
Recorded his third career 100-yard+ receiving game in Week 5 versus the Broncos (five receptions for 130 yards)
Was inactive in Week 10 vs Detroit due to a toe injury
Recorded his 100th career reception in Week 13 vs Baltimore


2020 SEASON (Steelers):


Played in 16 games (6 starts)
Led the Steelers in receiving TDs (tied w/ nine), yards/catch (14.1) and total TDs (11)
Ranked second on the Steelers in receiving yards (873) … his nine receiving TDs in 2020 led all rookies
His 11 total TDs in 2020 led all rookie wideouts and ranked tied for second regardless of position (Washington RB Antonio Gibson)
His 11 TDs in 2020 ranked tied for sixth by a rookie wideout since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger
His nine receiving TDs in 2020 ranked tied for ninth by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger
Registered seven receptions for 110 yards and three TDs, and added a rushing TD, in the Steelers’ 38-29 win over Philadelphia in Week 5
Third rookie wide receiver to record four TDs in a single game in NFL history, joining Jerry Butler (Sept. 23, 1979) and Harlon Hill (Oct. 31, 1954)
Fourth rookie with at least two receiving TDs and one rushing TD in a single game since 1970, joining Lynn Cain (Oct. 14, 1979), Joey Galloway (Nov. 12, 1995) and Kareem Hunt (Sept. 7, 2017)
Fourth player since 1990 to register at least three receiving TDs and one rushing TD in a game
First Steelers rookie with three TDs in a game since TE Eric Green in 1990
First Steelers rookie with four TDs in a game and first Steelers player since Roy Jefferson on November 3, 1968
Fourth Steelers rookie in franchise history with at least three TDs, joining Green, RB Franco Harris and E Jimmy Orr
First Steelers rookie with a rush TD and reception TD in the same game since Franco Harris at Buffalo (Oct. 29, 1972)
First Steelers wideout with a Rush TD and Rec TD in the same game since Hines Ward in Week 9, 2004, against the Eagles
Sixth rookie in NFL history to record two Rec TD and a Rush TD in a game, joining Kareem Hunt (2017), Joey Galloway (1995), Lynn Cain (1979), Gale Sayers (1965) and Abner Hayes (1960)
Ranked among the rookie leaders in franchise history in TD grabs (nine, tied first), receptions (62, first) and receiving yards (873, third)
First rookie wide receiver with multiple TD receptions in a single game since Corey Davis had two at New England on Jan. 13, 2018
Ninth rookie and seventh rookie wide receiver to catch multiple TD passes in a single postseason game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger
First wide receiver in the Super Bowl era and the fourth in league history with at least 10 TDs in his first 10 career games, joining Billy Howton (11 TDs in 1952), Bill Groman (10 in 1960) and Harlon Hill (10 in 1954)
Caught two TD passes in the Wild Card loss to Cleveland, which tied the NFL rookie postseason record for TD receptions in a game
Chase Claypool
KneeDoubtful
PRO CAREER:


Enters his fourth season in the NFL and first with the Bears in 2022
Selected with the 32nd overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots


2022 SEASON (Bears):


Made his season debut against the Patriots in Week 7, finishing with one catch for 14 yards
In his second game of the season in Week 8 at Dallas, scored his first touchdown in a Bears uniform, hauling in a 17-yard pass from Justin Fields with 45 seconds left in the second quarter
Is the fifth touchdown of Harry’s career, and his first trip to the end zone since Dec. 6, 2020, at the Chargers, as a member of the Patriots
Finished the game with two receptions for 24 yards
Logged one catch for six yards against Miami in Week 9


2021 SEASON (Patriots):


Played in 12 regular season games with four starts and finished the season with 12 receptions for 184 yards
Caught a 10-yard pass from Mac Jones in the third quarter in his first game of 2021 vs. Tampa Bay
Rotated in at wide receiver at Houston. Had one catch for nine yards as well as a significant pass break-up of a nearly-intercepted pass by Mac Jones in the second half
Made his first start of the season vs. Dallas
Caught a 28-yard pass from QB Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter vs. N.Y. Jets, setting up a 1-yard J.J. Taylor rushing touchdown
Posted two receptions for 30 yards at L.A. Chargers, including a big 15-yard catch for a first down on the team’s final offensive drive to help secure the victory
Returned to action vs. Cleveland as a starter. Caught a 26-yard pass from Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter. Played physical at the line of scrimmage against defensive end Myles Garrett, and paved the way for multiple rushes by Rhamondre Stevenson (20 carries, 100 yards)
Reeled in two catches, one of which went for a career-long 43 yards at Indianapolis
Appeared in the Patriots' post season contest at Buffalo


2020 SEASON (Patriots):


Played in 14 games with nine starts and totaled 33 receptions for 309 yards and two touchdowns
Started at wide receiver and totaled career highs with eight receptions for 72 yards at Seattle
Caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown at Kansas City from QB Jarrett Stidham in the fourth quarter
Started at wide receiver in the win at L.A. Chargers and registered two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown from QB Cam Newton in the third quarter


2019 SEASON (Patriots):


Appeared in seven regular season contests with five starts as a rookie, catching 12 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns
Also posted five rushing attempts for 49 yards .. Started at wide receiver in his first career playoff appearance and caught two passes for 21 yards while carrying the ball once for 7 yards in the AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Tennessee
Made his Patriots debut and hauled in three passes for 18 yards while also contributing on the punt return team in the win at Philadelphia
Made his first career reception on an 11-yard pass from Tom Brady to gain a first down in the second quarter
Made his first career start and caught one pass for a 10-yard touchdown in the win vs. Dallas. His first quarter touchdown was the first of his career and made him the 75th different player to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady, extending Brady’s NFL record. Also lined up on special teams during punt return situations
Started his third game of the season at wide receiver and made two receptions for 15 yards and one touchdown, along with carrying the ball for the first time in his career, registering two carries for 22 yards in the win at Cincinnati
Caught two passes for 21 yards and rushed twice for 18 yards, including a career-long 18-yard scamper, in the win vs. Buffalo
N'Keal Harry
BackNot_Listed
*
Teven Jenkins
NeckDoubtful
*
Justin Jones
IllnessNot_Listed
Riley Reiff
Riley Reiff
IllnessNot_Listed
*
Equanimeous St. Brown
ConcussionOut
Trevon Wesco
Trevon Wesco
CalfOut
Cody Whitehair
Cody Whitehair
KneeDoubtful
Armon Watts
Armon Watts
ShoulderNot_Listed

In other news, after Eberflus indicated Thursday that running back Khalil Herbert would be activated from injured reserve, Herbert was indeed activated off IR Friday. The second-year pro returned to practice Tuesday after missing the last four games with a hip injury.

The Bears on Thursday also promoted cornerback Harrison Hand from the practice squad to the active roster. Hand was claimed by the Bears Sept. 13 off waivers from the Giants and has appeared in one game this year, Dec. 4 against the Packers.

Hand was selected by the Vikings in the fifth round of the 2020 draft out of Temple. He played in 23 games with one start over two seasons with Minnesota, recording 22 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups. His interception came against future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.

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