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Injury Update: Bears secondary not at full strength

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The Bears will be missing two of their five main defensive backs Sunday when they visit the Vikings in Minnesota.

Nickel back Buster Skrine remains in concussion protocol and will sit out his second straight game, while rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson did not practice all week due to a shoulder injury and will not play after being downgraded from questionable to out on Saturday.

In last Sunday's win over the Texans, Duke Shelley replaced Skrine and Kindle Vildor entered in the third quarter after Johnson was injured.

"I have a lot of faith in them just because they're young guys that could get an opportunity, and you saw last week when forced into action, I thought they did well," said coach Matt Nagy.

Shelley, a 2019 sixth-round pick from Kansas State, had played just 14 defensive snaps in two seasons with the Bears before lining up for 53 against the Texans, recording three tackles and one pass breakup.

"I like his confidence," Nagy said. "He's a smaller-size guy, but he doesn't play that way. He's physical. He has really good ball skills. I was really impressed with how he played last week, and this week's he's going to definitely have a challenge as well. So he's in a good spot."

Vildor, a rookie fifth-round pick from Georgia Southern, had played just one defensive snap in the first 12 games this year before lining up for 14 versus Houston, registering two tackles.

"Just going back and watching his tape in college, you can see what type of playmaker he is and the way he can cover in man," Nagy said. "He has zone skills as well and he has a really good attitude.

"It's been fun while Jaylon's been out this week just watching in practice and in meetings Kyle Fuller being able to work with [Vildor] and just talk and help him out, and how receptive Kindle's been to that."

Safety Deon Bush (foot) has also been downgraded from questionable to out for Sunday's contest. Three other Bears played remain listed as questionable: outside linebacker Khalil Mack (shoulder), tight end Jimmy Graham (hip) and linebacker James Vaughters (knee), all of whom were limited in practice Friday.

Throughout the season, Mack has been limited in practice and listed as questionable with shoulder, knee, ankle and back injuries. But he has not missed a game.

Meanwhile, two of Minnesota's best players have been ruled out of Sunday's game due to injuries: tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) and linebacker Eric Kendricks (calf). Running back Alexander Mattison (illness) is questionable.

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
PlayerInjuryGame status
PRO CAREER:


Entering his third season with the Bears in 2022; selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft (50th overall) by the Bears
Has started in all 28 games of his career, owning 90 tackles (71 solo), 24 PDs and 1 INT


2021 SEASON (Bears):


Started in 15 games, only missing two due to COVID-19
Finished the season with 46 tackles (37 solo) and nine PDs
Registered five tackles (three solo) and recorded a PD in the Bears season-opener against the Rams
Snagged his first career INT in the fourth quarter of the Week 2 win over the Bengals
Logged three solo tackles at the Browns in Week 3
Recorded two tackles to contribute to the Bears Week 5 win at the Raiders
Registered three tackles in Week 6 vs. the Packers
Recorded a team-high and season-high six tackles (five solo) and forced his first career fumble in the Week 12 victory at the Lions


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
ShoulderOut

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