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Injury Update: Bears' reinforcements beginning to return

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The Bears began their practice week Thursday with 12 players on the reserve/COVID list and eight others sidelined with non-COVID illnesses.

Two days later, nine of those 20 players have returned and appear ready to play Monday night when the Bears host the Vikings. A handful of others may also possibly be cleared to play against Minnesota.

Because of their depleted roster, the Bears were forced to replace full-speed practices Wednesday and Thursday with walk-throughs.

"We would've practiced full speed if we had more guys, but we just couldn't take that risk with limited guys," Nagy said. "It's a trickle-down effect. We had to make sure that we didn't tax the players that were playing. It's good news that were able to get a lot of guys back that weren't there a couple days ago, to be able to come back and give us numbers, and today we were able to get a good red-zone day in and get full speed, which is good for the guys."

In recent days, two players were removed from the COVID list: Tackle Elijah Wilkinson Friday and nose tackle Eddie Goldman Saturday.

Seven players who were held out of practice Thursday with non-COVID illnesses were cleared for full participation Friday and practiced again without restrictions Friday. That group consists of running backs David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert, tight ends Cole Kmet and Jesper Horsted, receiver Jakeem Grant Sr., guard James Daniels and tackle Teven Jenkins.

With quarterback Andy Dalton and nickel back Duke Shelley added to the COVID list Friday, the Bears currently have 12 players on the list—though that number has been changing on an hour-by-hour basis this week. Those on the COVID list include receiver Allen Robinson II, safety Eddie Jackson and rookie right tackle Larry Borom, who has started the last five games.

The Bears are hopeful that some of those players will be able to return in time to face the Vikings Monday night at Soldier Field. Said Nagy: "Whoever is ready to go, we'll take them."

In terms of injuries, left tackle Jason Peters (ankle), cornerback Xavier Crawford (concussion) and safety DeAndre Houston-Carson (fractured forearm) have been ruled out of the game.

With Peters sidelined, Nagy revealed that Jenkins—a rookie second-round pick from Oklahoma State—would likely make his first NFL start at left tackle against the Vikings.

"I think there's a good chance of him getting out there, which would be great," Nagy said. "Anybody having a week to prepare will definitely help out."

Jenkins saw his first NFL snaps on offense last Sunday night when he played the final three-and-a-half quarters against the Packers after Peters had exited with the ankle injury. The rookie tackle struggled, drawing four penalties and getting beaten for a strip/sack that resulted in a turnover.

Nagy said that the Bears will lend Jenkins a hand at times Monday night, but have no worries about his mentality following his shaky performance in Green Bay.

"We'll be able to help him out when we need to, and his mindset will be great," Nagy said. "It's never easy having to jump into a game like that against a great defense with good defensive ends, so we'll make sure that we're doing everything we can to give him the best opportunity."

The Bears are also expected to play without receiver Marquise Goodwin (foot) and nose tackle Khyiris Tonga (illness/shoulder). Both were listed as doubtful on the injury report after sitting out practice all week.

With Robinson on the COVID list and Goodwin unlikely to suit up, receiver Damiere Byrd will be among those asked to fill the void. Last Sunday night against the Packers, the speedy 5-9, 175-pounder caught two passes for a team-high 76 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown.

"You work hard all week game-planning and getting ready for a game, and it's always satisfying knowing that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the hard work that you put in ended up paying off when it came game time," Byrd said. "Unfortunately, Marquise can't play this week. I wish him the best on continuing to recover, and hopefully he's back soon. Obviously, opportunities are in there for being able to play on Monday. I've just been able to try to work hard this week and then hopefully I'm able to capitalize when those opportunities come to me."

The injury news is better for a pair of star defensive players: Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle) and inside linebacker Roquan Smith (hamstring) are both listed as questionable. Hicks was a full participant in all three practices this week, while Smith also worked out in full Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday.

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


Originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick with the Houston Texans
Appeared in five games as a rookie in 2019
Appeared in three games with the Bears in 2020


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Saw action in three games; spent a majority of the season on the practice squad


2019 SEASON (Texans/Dolphins):


Saw action in five games but did not record any stats
Xavier Crawford
Concussion Out
PRO CAREER:


Has recorded 13 TD receptions during his NFL career, 8 of which have gone for 40 or more yards
Since entering the NFL in 2013, has registered 140 receptions for 2,323 yds. His 16.6 rec avg. is the 5th-highest in the NFL among active receivers (min. 100 rec.)


HONORS & AWARDS:

2017: Len Eshmont Award, Ed Block Courage Award, Garry Niver Award (49ers)

2020 SEASON (Eagles):


Sat out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 pandemic


2019 SEASON (49ers):


Played in nine games (six starts) and registered 12 receptions for 186 yds and 1 TD before being placed on the Injured Reserve List on 12/10
Connected with QB Jimmy Garoppolo on a 38-yd. TD. at Cincinnati (9/15). It marked Goodwin’s first TD of the season and 13th of his career. He finished the game with 3 catches for 77 yds. and 1 TD


2018 SEASON (49ers):


Played in 11 games with 8 starts registering 23 catches for 395 yards and a career-high four TDs on the season
Recorded his best game as a pro in Week 6 at Green Bay, recording a career-high 126 receiving yards and a career-high two TDs


2017 SEASON (49ers):


In his first season with San Francisco, he started in all 16 games, catching a career-high 56 passes for a career-high 962 receiving yards with two TDs
Goodwin logged three 100-yard receiving performances (Weeks 5, 14-15), including one where he logged a career-high 10 receptions vs. Tennessee in Week 15


2016 SEASON (Bills):


Appeared in 15 games with 9 starts for Buffalo. Caught 29 passes for 431 yards and three TDs
Hauled in the longest reception of his career, an 84-yard TD from Tyrod Taylor in Week 2 vs. New York Jets. Goodwin finished with two receptions for 112 yards and a TD in the game


2015 SEASON (Bills):


Another season plagued by injuries, only appeared in two games, recording two receptions for 24 yards


2014 SEASON (Bills):


In 2014, hobbled by numerous injuries (concussion, ankle, ribs, and hamstring), Goodwin caught only one pass for 42 yards, which came against the Detroit Lions


2013 SEASON (Bills):


Played 12 games in his rookie season, making 17 receptions for 283 receiving yards
Caught his first career TD Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals - a 40-yard pass from Thaddeus Lewis
Served as the Bills return man, having 16 kickoff return opportunities totaling 351 returning yards.
Marquise Goodwin
Foot Doubtful
CAREER:


Has played in 213 career games with 203 starts, including six postseason starts
With his ninth Pro Bowl selection and seventh as an Eagle in 2016, Peters garnered the second-most Pro Bowl nods in team history behind Chuck Bednarik (eight)
Earned Associated Press All-Pro honors following the 2007, ‘08, ‘10, ‘11, ‘13 and ‘14 campaigns
Was named to the first team in 2011 and 2013
Joined Frank “Bucko” Kilroy (1953-55) as the only two offensive linemen in franchise history to earn a Pro Bowl berth in three consecutive years
Since Peters’ first Pro Bowl selection in 2007, only Joe Thomas (10) has been selected to as many Pro Bowls as an OL
Has 2 career TDs: blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone (12/19/04 at Cin.) and caught J.P. Losman’s first career TD pass (9/11/05 vs. Hou.)
In 2014, was named a second-team AP All-Pro and garnered All-NFC honors from the Pro Football Writers of America
Was part of an Eagles offensive line in 2013 that blocked for the NFL’s leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, who finished with a franchise-best 1,607 rushing yards
Also helped the Eagles set a team record with 6,676 total yards and record the second-most points in franchise history (442)
Jason Peters
Ankle Out
PRO CAREER:


Selected in the seventh round (250th overall) by the Bears in the 2021 NFL Draft


Tonga, a 6-4, 321-pounder, appeared in 50 games in four seasons at BYU, registering 130 tackles, 15.0 tackles-for-loss, 7.5 sacks, 12 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Last season Tonga played in 11 games and recorded 36 tackles and 3.5 tackles-for-loss while establishing career highs with 3.5 sacks and five pass breakups.
Khyiris Tonga
Shoulder/illness Doubtful
PRO CAREER:


Finished his third NFL season in 2020 after being drafted in the first round (8th overall) in the 2018 draft
Has appeared in 44 career games (42 starts), totaling 361 tackles, 14 PDs, 4 INTs, 11.0 sacks and 31 TFLs
Has now recorded 100+ tackles in each of his first three seasons, becoming the first Chicago defender to have three straight seasons of 100-plus tackles, since Lance Briggs did so for six seasons (2004-2009)
His 139 tackles in 2020 ranked 4th most by a Bears defender in a season, since tackles were an official stat
His 107 tackles in 2018 ranked second all-time among Bears rookies
Recorded a sack on his first ever NFL snap in Week 1 of 2018 at Green Bay
Recorded seven tackles and an interception in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19), making him just the sixth rookie in Bears history to record an interception in a postseason game
Has 17 career 10+ tackle games, the third most in Bears history since 1987


HONORS:


2021: AP All-Pro (second team)
2020: AP All-Pro (second team)
2018: ESPN.com All-Rookie team


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Finished second in the NFL with 98 solo tackles; and sixth in combined tackles (139) and was second in the NFL with 18 TFL, only behind T.J. Watt (23)
Finished the season as the only NFL defender to record over 100 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and have at least two sacks and interceptions. These totals have only been accomplished three times now since 2015.
Intercepted two passes in Week 16, becoming the first Chicago linebacker to have a multi-interception game since Lance Briggs in 2008; additionally, he is one of 15 defenders and the only LB to have a multi-interception game in 2020
Matched a career best two sacks in the Week 14 win vs. Houston; finished with 12 tackles and two sacks
Logged a season-high 14 tackles, matched a career-high with three TFL and added one sack in Week 10 vs. Minnesota
Logged a team-high 11 tackles vs. New Orleans and again the very next week at the Titans
Tallied 13 tackles (11 solo) and a career-high 3 TFL in Week 4 vs. the Colts
Had 12 tackles, one TFL and one PD in the Week 6 win at Carolina
Recorded seven tackles, including five solo and one TFL, in the Week 1 win in Detroit
Had eight tackles (seven solo) and one TFL in the Week 2 win over the Giants


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Started 12 games in which he played, recording 100 tackles, two pass defenses, two sacks, one interception and five TFLs
Recorded career-highs with 16 tackles and 2.0 sacks on Thanksgiving at DET, joining Vinny Rey and Patrick Willis as the only platers to have 15+ tackles and two more sacks in a game since 1982
Recorded five double-digit tackle games
Intercepted Rams QB Jared Goff in Week 11
inactive for Week 4 vs. MIN; placed on Injured Reserve on 12/9


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 16 games (14 starts), recording team-high 122 tackles (two shy of the Bears rookie record), four passes defensed, one interception, five sacks and eight tackles-for-loss
Recorded a sack on his first ever NFL snap at GB
Recorded a season-high 13 tackles at Miami (10/14); tied that season-high at Buffalo (11/4)
107 tackles is second all-time among Bears rookies
Recorded seven tackles and an interception in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19), making him just the sixth rookie in Bears history to record an interception in a postseason game
Roquan Smith
Hamstring Questionable
PRO CAREER:


In his sixth season with the Bears and 10th overall in 2021
Earned his first career Pro Bowl selection in 2018
Has started 101 of 129 games with 37.0 sacks, 68 TFLs, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries with the Saints (2012-15), Patriots (2015) and Bears (2016-20); also has played in six postseason games with four starts


HONORS:

2019: Ranked No. 39 on NFL's Top 100 list
2018: Named to the Pro Bowl (DT)
2016: Named Week 13 NFC Defensive Player of the Week

2020 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 15 games with 15 starts, missing the Week 12 game at the Packers with an injury
Recorded six tackles and two QBH in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints
Had a team-high 21 QBHs on the season; recorded 3.5 sacks for minus-23.5 yards
Recorded 1.5 sacks in the Week 3 win at the Falcons, where he also had a career-high 5 QBHs; added 3 QBHs in the Week 15 win at Minnesota
Recorded 1.0 sack for minus-9 yards in the Week 1 win at Detroit; also had four tackles in that game with one QBH
Had his second sack of the season in the Week 2 win over the Giants to go along with three tackles
Season-high six tackles in Week 4 vs. the Colts, including one TFL and two QBH
Recovered a fumble and also added a TFL in the Week 6 win at the Panthers


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Started five games in which he played, recording 10 tackles, 1.0 sack, one fumble recovery and one TF
Placed on Injured Reserve on 10/15 after suffering an elbow injury against the Raiders in London
Activated from Injured Reserve on 12/14 and recorded four tackles and two QBH in Week 15 at GB


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Named to his first Pro Bowl after starting 16 games and recording 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles
Recorded a career-high five tackles for loss vs. MIN (11/18
S)cored on a one-yard touchdown run at NYG (12/2)
Led team in tackles for loss and was second on the team in sacks
Recorded four tackles and one tackle for loss in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19)


2017 SEASON (Bears):


Started all 16 games, recording 54 tackles, 15 TFLs, 2 fumble recoveries and a career-high 8.5 sacks for a loss of 57 yards
Recorded 20 QBHs, the most by a Chicago Bear in single-season since the stat was tracked in 2006


2016 SEASON (Bears):


Started all 16 games at DE, setting a career-high in tackles (71), sacks (7), pass breakups (3) and forced fumbles (2), 5 TFLs and recovered 1 fumble
Only defensive player to start every game


2015 SEASON (Saints/Patriots):


Appeared in 16 games, making 3 starts with the Patriots and Saints
Posted 23 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 5 TFLs and 1 FR
All 3 starts came with New Orleans, where he collected 2 assisted tackles
In 13 games with New England, notched 21 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 TFLs and 1 FR
Saw action in 2 playoff games, posting 3 tackles and 1 TFL


2014 SEASON (Saints):


Started 14-of-15 games, posting 41 tackles, 2 sacks and 7 TFLs
Placed on Injured Reserve prior the season finale


2013 SEASON (Saints): Started 16-of-16 games for the first time in his career


Posted then career-highs in tackles (56), sacks (4.5) and TFLs (8)
56 tackles were the most among the Saints defensive front
Started both of the Saints' postseason contests, notching 7 tackles and 0.5 sacks


2012 SEASON (Saints):


Appeared in 14 games with the Saints as a rookie, tallying 20 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 2 TFLs and 1 forced fumble
Akiem Hicks
Ankle Questionable

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