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Injury Update: Bears, Buccaneers both depleted

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When the Bears visit the Buccaneers Sunday in Tampa, neither team will be close to full strength.

Bears coach Matt Nagy announced Friday that tight end Jimmy Graham was being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, joining outside linebacker Robert Quinn.

The Bears also ruled veteran safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. out of the game with a hip injury that prevented him from practicing Thursday and Friday after he was limited Wednesday. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks was originally listed as questionable due to a groin injury, but he did not travel with the team to Tampa after being downgraded to out Saturday.

With backup Deon Bush being placed on injured reserve earlier in the week with a knee injury, the Bears are thin at safety. The only reserves left on the roster are DeAndre Houston-Carson, Marqui Christian and Teez Tabor. One of them likely will start opposite Eddie Jackson.

Seven other Bears are listed as questionable on the injury report: Tight end J.P. Holtz (quad) and linebacker Caleb Johnson (knee) were full participants in practice Friday; receiver Allen Robinson II (ankle), outside linebacker Khalil Mack (foot) and return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr. (ankle) were limited; and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) and cornerback Duke Shelley (ankle) did not practice. Shelley was injured in Thursday's workout.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan was excused from practice Friday due to a personal reason.

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
PlayerInjuryGame status
PRO CAREER:


Signed by the Bears in May of 2021 as an undrafted free agent out of Houston Baptist University
Played in 14 games as a rookie in 2021; primarily on special teams


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 14 games as a rookie, tallying seven special teams tackles and one fumble recovery
Made his NFL debut in Week 1 vs. the Rams
Recorded three special teams tackles (two solo) in the Week 4 win over the Lions
Notched a tackle in the Week 5 win at the RaidersRecorded a tackle and helped hold the Lions to 239 total net yards on offense Week 12, a season low by a Bears opponent
Caleb Johnson
KneeQuestionable
PRO CAREER:


Finished his second season with the Bears in 2020 after playing in nine games as a rookie in 2019
Has played in 31 career games with nine starts over three seasons
Has 50 tackles (37 solo) and four pass breakups to his name


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Played in seven of the 11 games he was active in
Recorded 35 tackles (28 solo) and four PDs on the season
Recorded six tackles (five solo) in the Bears home-opener win vs. the Bengals
Logged six tackles in Week 3 at the Browns
Recorded five tackles and one PD in the Week 4 win over the Lions
Notched five solo tackles, two special teams tackles and one PD Week 9 at the Steelers
Logged four tackles (three solo) in the Week 16 win at Seattle


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 11 games in 2020 with two starts; inactive for Weeks 1-3, 6-8; made starts in Week 15 at the Vikings and Week 17 vs. the Packers
Made his first appearance of the season on special teams in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Recorded one special teams tackle in Week 9 at the Titans
Saw significant time on defense in Week 14 vs. the Texans, filling in for the injured Buster Skrine; recorded three total tackles and one PD
Made his first career start in Week 15 win at the Vikings, recording a career-high seven tackles
Saw action on defense in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints, recording one tackle and one PD


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in nine games as a reserve in his rookie season
Inactive for Weeks 5-12
Duke Shelley
AnkleQuestionable

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, have ruled out receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs), cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring) and linebacker Lavonte David (ankle).

Tight end O.J. Howard (ankle) and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/hand) are both questionable.

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