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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 fourth NFL season in 2019
Has appeared in 54 games with eight starts for the Bears
Owns 36 tackles, 1.0 sack, one tackle for loss, three pass breakups and eight STTs
Made three tackles in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19)


*2019 SEASON (Bears): *


Appeared in 15 games as a reserve, recording six tackles, two pass defenses and 3 STTs
Inactive for Week 9 at PHI


*2018 SEASON (Bears): *


Appeared in 15 games (2 starts), recording six tackles, one sack , one TFL and one forced fumble


*2017 SEASON (Bears): *


Appeared in 13 games as a reserve, recording 3 tackles and 3 STTs


*2016 SEASON (Bears): *


Played in 11 games (Games 3, 6-15), starting 6 (Games 10-15), recording 22 tackles and 1 pass breakup and 1 STT
Deon Bush
Foot Questionable
COLLEGE:


2019 All-American and two-time first-team All-Pac-12 cornerback (2018-19)
Played in 38 career games with 29 starts
Seven career interceptions and 28 career passes defended
21 career pass breakups ranked tied for 10th all-time at Utah
Two-time Pac-12 All-Academic


JUNIOR SEASON (2019):


Earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and the AP
Also earned second-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and USA Today and third-team honors from Pro Football Focus and Phil Steele
First-team All-Pac-12
Started 13 games at left corner, missing the bowl game after declaring for the NFL Draft
Ranked third in the Pac-12 and led Utah with 11 pass breakups, fourth in the league in passes defended (13) and passes defended per game (1.00)
Tied career high with eight tackles (1.0 TFL) and had two pass breakups against Oregon State
Had an interception and two pass breakups vs. Washington State
Three tackles vs. Washington and returned an interception 39 for his second career touchdown


SOPHOMORE SEASON (2018):


First-team All-Pac-12
Started all 14 games at corner, recorded four interceptions led Utah and tied for third in the Pac-12
Second in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation with 126 interception return yards
Recorded 41 tackles (2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack)
Career-high eight tackles (1.0 TFL) and a pass breakup against Northern Illinois
Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown against Stanford for just the third 100-yard interception return in Utah’s history
Also had seven tackles vs. the Cardinal
Five tackles and an interception against Arizona State
An interception and three tackles against USC
An interception with a 21-yard return and two tackles vs. Colorado
Two pass breakups vs. Washington in the Pac-12 Championship game
First-team Pac-12 All-Academic


FRESHMAN SEASON (2017):


Played in all 12 regular season games with two starts (Arizona, Washington)
Missed the bowl game following surgery
Tied for the team lead with six pass breakups and second on the team in passes defended (7)


HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL:


Named to the US Army All-American Bowl
Sixth-ranked cornerback in the 2017 recruiting class by Rivals.com and eighth by Scout
Four-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout
2016 first-team USA Today All-USA California Football Team
Also lettered three years in basketball
Business major received his degree in December 2019
Jaylon Johnson
Shoulder Out
PRO CAREER:


 Has appeared in 139 games (89 starts) through 9 seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2011-14), New York Jets (2015-18) and Chicago Bears (2019)
 Has 479 career tackles (410 solo), 82 pass breakups, 15 tackles for loss, nine interceptions, 3.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles and 18 special teams tackles


2019 SEASON (Bears): 


 Appeared in 16 games (four starts) in his first season in Chicago, recording 46 tackles, two forced fumbles, five pass defenses and one TFL 
 Forced career-high two fumbles in Week 11 at LAR


2*018 SEASON (Jets):*P 


Appeared in 14 games with 11 starts for the Jets, tallying 57 tackles (51 solo), eight passes defensed, four tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery  


2017 SEASON (Jets): 


 Started all 15 games he appeared in, posting 67 tackles, a sack, one interception,10 passes defensed (ranking second on the team) and tied for the team-lead in both forced fumbles and fumble recoveries with two
 One of 16 players in the NFL to record a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception
 One of only two cornerbacks to have multiple forced fumbles and fumble recoveries


2016 SEASON (Jets): 


Started all 14 games he played in, recording 51 tackles, one sack, eight passes defensed and one interception


2015 SEASON (Jets): 


Appeared in all 16 games (eight starts)
Logged 65 tackles (the most by a Jets cornerback), one interception and eight passes defensed while seeing action at both inside and outside cornerback
Part of a secondary that produced all 18 of the team's interceptions (tripling its 2014 total) and held opposing quarterbacks to just a 57.1 completion percentage, the lowest in the league


2014 SEASON (Browns): 


Started all 16 games for the first time in his career
Amassed 66 tackles (55 solo), 18 passes defensed and a career-high four interceptions on the season
Was part of a Cleveland secondary that ranked first in opponents' passer ratings (74.1) and second in INTs (21)


2013 SEASON (Browns): 


Played in all 16 games with 15 starts
Career-best 75 tackles (63 solo), his first career sack, one interception and a career-high and team-best 23 passes defensed


2012 SEASON (Browns): 


Played in all 16 regular-season games with six starts
Posted 73 tackles and 11 passes defensed, which ranked second on the team
Recovered a fumble and added 11 stops on special teams, second most on the club
Part of a kickoff coverage unit that ranked second in the NFL, having allowed a 19.8-yard average on 43 returns


2011 SEASON (Browns): 


Played in all 16 games in a reserve role
Helped Browns finish second in the NFL in pass defense
Tallied 10 tackles, an interception and a pair of passes defensed
Buster Skrine
Concussion Out
PRO CAREER:


Enters his ninth NFL season and his first in Chicago in 2020
Tallied 446 total tackles (324 solo), 23 interceptions, 47 passes defensed, 13 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 113 career games played with 104 starts
Has three career interception returns for touchdowns
Is one of seven players to record at least 400 total tackles and 20 interceptions since entering the NFL in 2012, joining Janoris Jenkins, Reggie Nelson, Earl Thomas III, Glover Quin, Harrison Smith and Richard Sherman
Owns the most interceptions by an undrafted free agent since entering the NFL in 2012 (23)
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


2019 SEASON (Houston):


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 tackle for loss and pass defensed of the season in the Week 3 victory over the L.A. Chargers (9/22), finishing the game with four total tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss and two passes defensed
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 three total tackles (one solo) and one pass defensed in the win over Indianapolis (11/21)
Logged six total tackles (five solo), one tackle for loss and one pass defensed vs. New England (12/1)
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 (Jacksonville):


Recorded 54 total tackles (44 solo), one interception, seven passes defensed, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit 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 (Jacksonville):


Tallied 64 total tackles (53 solo), four interceptions, seven passes defensed, four tackles for loss and one fumble recovery 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 interceptions of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and six total tackles (five solo) and two passes defensed in a win at Pittsburgh (10/8)
Registered four total tackles (two solo), one interception and one pass defensed vs. Indianapolis (12/3)
Recorded five total tackles (four solo) and two tackles for loss at Tennessee (12/31)
Compiled five solo stops in his NFL postseason debut in the Wild Card Round vs. Buffalo (1/7/18)


2016 SEASON (Jacksonville):


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 (Cleveland):


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)
Amassed six total tackles (four solo) and one tackle for loss vs. Cincinnati (12/6)
Compiled a season-high nine total tackles (five solo) at Seattle (12/20)


2014 SEASON (Cleveland):


Selected to first-career Pro Bowl after tallying 52 total tackles (28 solo), a career-high six interceptions, eight passes defensed, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble
Finished second in the NFL with 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
Recorded three total tackles (one solo), one pass defensed and one forced fumble at Cincinnati (11/6)
Placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Dec. 20, 2014


2013 SEASON (Cleveland):


Finished with a career-high 95 total tackles (63 solo), five interceptions, a career-high 12 passes defensed and two tackles for loss
Recorded three solo tackles and one interception vs. Miami (9/8)
Matched a season high with nine total tackles (four solo) at Baltimore (9/15)
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)
Registered nine total tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed at Green Bay (10/20)
Set a career high with nine solo tackles at Kansas City (10/27)
Recorded eight total tackles (five solo), and matched a career high with two interceptions, including one returned 44 yards for a touchdown vs. Chicago (12/15)
Finished with six total tackles (three solo) and one interception at Pittsburgh (12/29)


2012 SEASON (Cleveland):


Recorded 29 total tackles (23 solo), one interception, one pass defensed and four total special teams tackles in 10 games played as a rookie
Made his NFL debut and recorded one special teams tackle vs. Philadelphia (9/9)
Registered four total tackles (three solo) and a career-high two special teams tackles vs. Buffalo (9/23)
Tallied a season-high eight total tackles (seven solo) at Oakland (12/2)
Notched two total tackles (one solo) and his first-career interception vs. Kansas City (12/9)
Tashaun Gipson Sr.
Neck Questionable
*PRO CAREER: *


Comes to Chicago following stops with the Cleveland Browns (2019) and Kansas City Chiefs (2014-18)
A seven-year veteran, Harris’ career numbers include 86 games played (39 starts), 72 catches for 754 yards (10.5 avg) and nine touchdowns 
Spent the 2013 season on the Chiefs practice squad


*2019 SEASON (Browns): *


Appeared in 15 games with six starts with the Browns
Recorded 15 catches for 149 yards (9.9. avg.) and three touchdowns
Caught at least one pass in 10 of 15 games
Hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass at New England
Also caught touchdown passes at home against the Rams and Ravens 


2018 SEASON (Chiefs):


Started four of 11 games, posting 12 receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns
Started one of two postseason games
Caught two passes for a season-high 59 yards at Denver
Registered season highs with three receptions in back-to-back games at Oakland
and versus Baltimore


2017 SEASON (Chiefs):


Played all 16 games with seven starts, adding career highs in receptions (18) and receiving
yards (224) with one touchdown
Recorded postseason career highs with two catches for 22 yards in the playoffs
Caught his lone touchdown pass of the season at New England
Notched a season-high four receptions at Miami
Caught three passes for a season-high 73 yards at Denver


2016 SEASON (Chiefs):


Appeared in every game with 11 starts
Caught 17 passes for 123 yards and a score
Played in one postseason contest
Recovered a fumble on special teams and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown at the Jets
Posted seasons highs with six receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown vs. Denver


2015 SEASON (Chiefs):


Played in all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career with nine starts
Caught seven passes for 74 yards and a touchdown
Made his postseason debut in two games, along with one start, and added a 10-yard reception


2014 SEASON (Chiefs):


Saw action in eight games with three starts
Tallied three receptions for 20 yards
Finished the season on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury
Made NFL debut at Denver where he caught his first career pass for 10 yards


2013 SEASON (Chiefs):


Spent the majority of the season on the Chiefs’ practice squad
Demetrius Harris
Foot Questionable
JUNIOR SEASON (2019):


Started 11 games after missing the first two due to a broken collarbone suffered during fall camp
Had nine receptions for 108 yards and a TD in his first game back from injury at Georgia
Recorded a receiving TD in four straight games against Bowling Green, Southern Cal, Michigan and Virginia Tech
Made a TD reception among seven receptions for 78 yards against Boston College
Caught all six passes thrown his way for 61 yards and a score in win over Southern Cal
Caught all five targets in regular-season finale at Stanford for a total of 77 yards


SOPHOMORE SEASON (2018):


Played in 11 games, making 15 catches for 162 yards


FRESHMAN SEASON (2017):


Played tight end in all 13 of Notre Dame’s football games throughout the 2017 season, finishing with two catches for 14 yards
Also played for the baseball team, leading the Irish with eight saves


HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL


Played for coach David Archibald at Saint Viator
Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio
Majored in Psychology at Notre Dame
Named 2016 American Family Insurance Second Team ALL-USA Illinois
Named 2016 Second Team Chicago Tribune Preps Plus All-State
2016 First Team Illinois High School Coaches Association Class 6A All-Illinois
Caught 48 passes for 773 yards and four TDs as a senior at Saint Viator in 2016
Averaged 96.6 receiving yards/game and 16.1 yards/reception
83-ranked overall player and No. 3 tight end by ESPN.com
Illinois’ No. 3-ranked player by Scout.com, No. 3-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 3-ranked player by ESPN and No. 3-ranked player by Rivals
Cole Kmet
Shoulder Questionable
PRO CAREER:


Has appeared in 111 games (33 starts) through seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2013-16), Oakland Raiders (2017), New England Patriots (2018) and Chicago Bears (2019), tallying 1,955 receiving yards on 195 receptions (10.0avg.) and 785 rushing yards on 103 attempts (7.6 avg.)
Four-time Pro Bowler
Owns 6,101 kick return yards on 204 attempts (29.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns and has returned one punt for nine yards
Leads all kickoff returners for touchdowns in the NFL since entering the league in 2013 (6)
Led the NFL in kick return average on four occasions: 2013 (32.4), 2015 (31.8), 2016 (31.7) and 2019 (29.5)
Owns second-highest kickoff return average in NFL history (29.9)
Eight career kick return touchdowns ties the league record


HONORS/AWARDS:


2020: Associated Press First-team All-Pro (KR)
2020: Named to the Pro Bowl (KR)
2019: Named to the Pro Bowl (KR)
2019: Associated Press First-team All-Pro (KR)
2019: NFC Special Player of the Month for November
2016: Associated Press First-team All-Pro (KR)
2016: Sporting News First-team All-Pro (KR)
2016: PWFA First-team All-Pro (KR)
2016: Named to the Pro Bowl (KR)
2015: Sporting News First-team All-Pro (KR)
2015: PWFA First-team All-Pro (KR)
2013: Associated Press First-team All-Pro (KR)
2013: Sporting News First-team All-Pro (KR)
2013: Named to the Pro Bowl (KR)
2013: PWFA First-team All-Pro (KR)
2013: NFC Special Player of the Month for September
2013: NFL All-Rookie Team
2013: Week 8 NFC Special Teams Player of the Week


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 16 games (four starts), catching 11 passes for 83 yards and rushing 17 times for 103 yards (6.1 avg), including 46-yard run at DEN (9/15)
Voted to the Pro Bowl as a special teamer
Led the league in kickoff return yards (825) and kick return average (29.5)
Returned a kickoff 102 yards for a TD in Week 7 against NO, the first KO return for a TD by the Bears since Chris Williams returned a KO 101 yards for a TD at Green Bay (11/9/2014) and the first KO return for a TD by a Bears player at Soldier Field since Devin Hester against the Vikings on 10/16/2011
Awarded Special Teams Player of the Month (November), becoming the first Bear to win award since Devin Hester in 2011


2018 SEASON (Patriots):


Appeared in 15 games, making six starts for the Super Bowl Champion Patriots
Tallied 247 receiving yards on 21 grabs (11.8 avg.) with three touchdowns while rushing for single-season career-best figures in both yards (228) and carries (42) while adding an additional score on the ground
Logged the league's third-highest kick return average at 28.8 yards per return with 663 yards on 23 attempts with one touchdown


2017 SEASON (Raiders):


Played all 16 regular-season games with two starts and totaled 31 receptions for 309 yards and 13 rushing attempts for 121 yards and two touchdowns
Returned 19 kickoffs for 538 yards


2016 SEASON (Vikings):


Played all 16 regular-season games with eight starts and caught a career-high 52 passes for 453 yards and two touchdowns
Selected to his second-career Pro Bowl as a kick returner and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team for the second time and the PFWA All NFL Team for the third time
Rushed seven times for 43 yards
Returned 25 kickoffs for 792 yards and a touchdown and one punt for 9 yards


2015 SEASON (Vikings):


Played in all 16 regular-season games with one start
Named to the PFWA All-NFL Team for the second time as a kick returner
Returned 32 kickoffs for 1,019 yards and two touchdowns


2014 SEASON (Vikings):


Played in all 16 games with seven starts
Posted 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown
Returned 34 kickoffs for 871 yards
Set the NFL record for most rushing yards by a wide receiver in a single game with 102 yards on three carries at St. Louis, including a 67-yard touchdown, the longest rushing touchdown by a wide receiver in Vikings history


2013 SEASON (Vikings):


Played in all 16 games with six starts and finished with 45 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns and 12 rushing attempts for 158 yards and three touchdowns
Selected to his first career Pro Bowl as a kick returner and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team
Named to the PFWA All-NFL Team and All-Rookie Team
Earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September in his first month as a pro after returning 12 kickoffs for 406 yards and a touchdown
Named NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for December for posting 16 receptions for 219 yards and three touchdowns and totaling 10 rushing attempts for 156 yards and three more scores
Returned 43 kickoffs for a team record 1,393 yards and two touchdowns
Cordarrelle Patterson
Knee Questionable

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