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Injury Update: Who's in, who's out for Packers game

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The Bears will once again be shorthanded in their secondary in Sunday's crucial regular-season finale against the Packers at Soldier Field.

Nickel back Buster Skrine will sit out his fourth straight game with a concussion and starting cornerback Jaylon Johnson will be sidelined for the third consecutive contest with a shoulder injury.

In keeping with their next-man-up mentality, the Bears have relied on young replacements Duke Shelley and Kindle Vildor to step in and contribute at nickel back and cornerback, respectively.

"They've done an excellent job," said defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend. "They get in there competing. They tackle well. They challenge in the pass game. That's all you can ask for."

Shelley has played 80, 97 and 80 percent of the defense's snaps in the last three games, registering 13 tackles and one pass breakup. In a 33-27 win over the Vikings Dec. 20 in Minneapolis, the 2019 sixth-round pick from Kansas State made two huge tackles one yard short of a first down on drives that ended with Minnesota turning the ball over on downs.

"It's been exciting and it's great for him to get that opportunity and play ball," said veteran defensive tackle Akiem Hicks. "One of my favorite plays so far from him was when he smacked one quarterback. Was it Mike Glennon? He smacked somebody and knocked the taste out of his mouth.

"I'm excited for young guys to get the opportunity to get out here and play some good football and contribute to this team. That's what they work for all year—that moment when they get called up. And so you wish them the best and you want them to play well and fit into your defense."

Vildor, a rookie fifth-round pick from Georgia Southern, has played 44 and 100 percent of the defense's snaps the past two weeks, recording 11 tackles.

The Bears won't be surprised if savvy Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers targets the inexperienced cornerback early and often Sunday.

"[Vildor] is well aware of who we're going against," said coach Matt Nagy. "There's going to be plays made by those guys and, like we said yesterday, you've got to be able to regroup and you go make a play now."

Five other Bears players are listed as questionable for Sunday's game: Return specialist/receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) and safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. (neck) practiced without restrictions Friday, while tight ends Cole Kmet (shoulder) and Demetrius Harris (foot) and safety Deon Bush (foot) were limited.

Receiver Allen Robinson II (hamstring), outside linebacker Khalil Mack (shoulder) and Shelley (knee) were also limited in practice Friday, but they were not assigned an injury designation, meaning that they're expected to play.

The Packers, meanwhile, are dealing with the sudden and surprising loss of three-time Pro Bowl left tackle David Bakhtiari, who tore his ACL in practice Thursday.

Asked how Bakhtiari's absence would impact the Packers, Hicks declined to speculate.

"To be respectful to what he's going through right now, I'd rather not talk about his injury, but I will say you feel for a guy," Hicks said. "You know sometimes the game isn't fair. Sometimes you put all your work in and you try as hard as you can and you get an unfortunate situation. So with respect to him, I wish him well. But I'd rather not talk about how he's hurt."

Also for the Packers, starting defensive end Kingsley Keke (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's game, while reserve guard Simon Stepaniak (knee) is questionable after practicing without restrictions all week.

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
PRO CAREER:


Finished his fifth NFL season in 2020; has appeared in 65 games with eight starts for the Bears
Owns 37 tackles, 1 INT, 1.0 sack, 5 PDs and 12 special teams tackles


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Recorded his first career interception in the Week 2 win over the Giants, stepping in front of a Daniel Jones pass and returning it 10 yards
Inactive for Weeks 5-6 with a hamstring injury; also Weeks 15 and 17 with a foot injury
Missed Week 9 at Tennessee after being placed on the COVID-19 list


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 15 games as a reserve, recording six tackles, two pass defenses and three special teams tackles


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 15 games (2 starts), recording six tackles, one sack, one TFL and one forced fumble
Made three tackles in Wild Card playoff game vs. Philadelphia (1/6/19)


2017 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 13 games as a reserve, recording three tackles and three special teams tackles


2016 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 11 games, starting six (Games 10-15), recording 22 tackles, one pass breakup and one special teams tackle
Deon Bush
Foot Questionable
PRO CAREER:


Enters his second season with the Bears in 2021; selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft (50th overall)


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Started all but three games (Weeks 15-17) for the Bears at cornerback, missing the final three games and the Wild Card playoff game due to a shoulder injury
Despite missing the last three regular season games, Johnson still finished fourth in the NFC with 15 PDs; had five games with multiple PDs
His five PDs in his first two games were the second most by a rookie defender in their first two games since the league started tracking PDs in 1999 (Marcus Peters had seven through his first two games in 2015)
Started at cornerback Week 1 at Detroit, making him the first Bears rookie to start at corner on opening day since Walt Harris in 1996; became the first non-first round draft pick to start at corner for the Bears in the opener since Mike Richardson in 1983; also broke up a Matthew Stafford pass in the end zone on the final play to help secure the victory
Recorded three tackles and two PDs in the win at the Panthers; broke up a pass on Carolina's opening drive that led to a Tashaun Gipson Sr. INT and set up Chicago's first touchdown
Logged five tackles his second most of the season in Week 10 and added one PD
Jaylon Johnson
Shoulder Out
PRO CAREER:


Played in his ninth NFL season and his first in Chicago in 2020
Has 25 career INTs, 52 PDs and 13 TFL in 128 career games played with 120 starts
Has three career interception returns for touchdowns
Owns the most interceptions by an undrafted free agent since entering the NFL in 2012 (25)
Ranked first in the AFC and second in the NFL with six interceptions in 2014
Tied for first the AFC with five interceptions in 2013


HONORS:


2014: Pro Bowl selection


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Started every game at strong safety; tied for the team lead with two INTs on the season (at ATL, at CAR)
Recorded seven tackles, one strip-sack and one pass defensed in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints
Sealed the come-from-behind win at the Falcons in Week 3 with his interception of QB Matt Ryan late in the fourth quarter 
Posted a career-high nine tackles, including eight solo, in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Recorded his second INT of the season in Week 6 at Carolina on the Panthers opening drive, leading to Chicago's first TD of the game
Recovered a fumble (forced by Danny Trevathan) in Week 10 vs. Minnesota 


2019 SEASON (Texans):


Played and started in 14 games with the Texans, racking up 51 total tackles (37 solo), two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and eight passes defensed
Missed the postseason due to injury
Posted five solo tackles and one quarterback hit vs. Jacksonville (9/15); eclipsed 400 career tackles, becoming one of only five players since 2012 to record at least 400 tackles and 20 interceptions (Earl Thomas, Glover Quin, Harrison Smith and Reggie Nelson)
Notched his first interception of the season vs. Atlanta (10/6), picking off Falcons QB Matt Ryan and returning it 79 yards for a touchdown, the longest interception return of his career
Tied for the team lead with five total tackles (three solo) and notched an interception for the second-consecutive week at Kansas City (10/13), the first time he has recorded an interception in back-to-back games since Weeks 8-9 of 2014
Finished with two total tackles (two solo), two passes defensed, one quarterback hit and notched his 23rd career interception vs. Denver (12/8), picking off Broncos QB Drew Lock at the Texans' three-yard line and returning it 26 yards


2018 SEASON (Jaguars):


Recorded 54 total tackles (44 solo), one INT, seven PD, one TFL and one QBH after starting all 16 games
Matched a season high with six solo tackles and one pass defensed vs. Tennessee (9/23)
Tallied two solo tackles, a season-high two passes defensed and intercepted Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes at Kansas City (10/7)
Notched a season-high seven total tackles (six solo) vs. Philadelphia (10/28)
Registered four total tackles (two solo) and one tackle for loss at Tennessee (12/9)
Led the AFC in interceptions in back-to-back seasons (2013-14)


2017 SEASON (Jaguars):


Tallied 64 total tackles (53 solo), four INTs, seven PD, four TFL and one FR in 16 games played
Part of a Jaguars secondary that ranked first in the NFL in pass defensed
Notched six total tackles (four solo), two passes defensed and one interception at Houston (9/10)
Set a season high with seven solo tackles and one pass defensed at the N.Y. Jets (10/1)
Matched a career high with two INTs of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger with six tackles and two PD in a win at Pittsburgh (10/8)
Registered four total tackles (two solo), one interception and one pass defensed vs. Indianapolis (12/3)
Compiled five solo stops in his NFL postseason debut in the Wild Card Round vs. Buffalo (1/7/18)


2016 SEASON (Jaguars):


Registered 41 total tackles (34 solo), two passes defensed and one interception in 16 games played
Made his Jaguars debut and notched three solo tackles vs. Green Bay (9/11)
Recorded three solo tackles and one interception vs. Baltimore (9/25)
Set a season high with six total tackles (four solo) at Indianapolis (1/1/17)


2015 SEASON (Browns):


Recorded 60 total tackles (42 solo), two interceptions, two tackles for loss and two passes defensed in 13 games played
Tallied five total tackles (three solo) and one interception at the N.Y. Jets (9/13)
Registered a team-high eight total tackles (five solo) vs. Tennessee (9/20)
Notched one solo tackle, one interception and one pass defensed vs. Arizona (11/1)
Compiled a season-high nine total tackles (five solo) at Seattle (12/20)


2014 SEASON (Browns):


Selected to first-career Pro Bowl after tallying 52 tackles (28 solo), a career-high six INTs, eight PD, two TFL and one FF
Finished second in the NFL with his six interceptions, despite missing the final five games of the season
Registered eight total tackles (three solo), and one interception which he returned for a touchdown in a win vs. New Orleans (9/14)
Recorded five total tackles (three solo) and one interception vs. Baltimore (9/21)
Matched a career high with two interceptions at Jacksonville (10/19)
Notched two solo tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception vs. Oakland (10/26)
Tallied five total tackles (three solo) and one interception vs. Tampa Bay (11/2) becoming one of six players to record an interception in three consecutive games in 2014


2013 SEASON (Browns):


Finished with a career-high 95 total tackles (63 solo), five INTs, a career-high 12 PD and two tackles for loss
Recorded three solo tackles and one interception vs. Miami (9/8)
Tallied six total tackles (three solo) and a career-high three passes defensed vs. Cincinnati (9/29)
Notched seven total tackles (four solo) and one interception vs. Detroit (10/13)
Set a career high with nine solo tackles at Kansas City (10/27)
Recorded eight tackles and matched a career high with two INTs, including one returned 44 yards for a TD vs. Chicago (12/15)
Finished with six total tackles (three solo) and one interception at Pittsburgh (12/29)


2012 SEASON (Browns):


Recorded 29 total tackles (23 solo), one INT, one PD and four total special teams tackles in 10 games played as a rookie
Registered four total tackles (three solo) and a career-high two special teams tackles vs. Buffalo (9/23)
Notched two total tackles (one solo) and his first-career interception vs. Kansas City (12/9)
Tashaun Gipson Sr.
Neck Questionable
PRO CAREER:


Selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft (43rd overall) by the Bears; played in all 16 games as a rookie with nine starts


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Started nine of 16 games in his rookie season; had 28 catches for 243 yards and two TDs on the season
Caught 20 passes over the final five games of the regular season after catching only eight passes over the first 11 games
Caught a season-high seven passes for 41 yards in Week 17 vs. the Packers
Made his first career catch in the Week 2 win vs. the Giants, a 12-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky
Hauled in his first touchdown catch in Week 6 at Carolina, a 9-yard pass from Nick Foles on Chicago's opening drive
Had two catches for 45 yards, including a season-long 38-yarder, in Week 7 at the Rams
Caught his second touchdown of the season in Week 13 vs. the Lions, an 11-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky; caught a career-high five passes for 37 yards in that game
Caught four passes for 41 yards (10.3 avg) in the Week 14 win over the Texans
Caught three passes for 16 yards in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints
Cole Kmet
Shoulder Questionable

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