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Injury Update: Who's in and who's out of Jaguars game


The Bears will once again be missing two of their top five defensive backs Sunday when they visit the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

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

Second-year pro Duke Shelley has filled in admirably for Skrine in back-to-back wins over the Texans and Vikings. In Shelley's first expanded NFL action on defense, the 2019 sixth-round draft pick registered three tackles and one pass breakup against Houston. He then followed with seven tackles versus Minnesota—including two crucial stops one yard short of a first down on drives that ended with the Vikings turning the ball over on downs.

Shelley is also dealing with an injury, however. He was limited in practice Friday due to knee and foot issues and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Rookie fifth-round pick Kindle Vildor started in place of Johnson last Sunday against the Vikings and registered five tackles. On the first possession of the game, he made an excellent open-field stop of star running back Dalvin Cook, who congratulated Vildor after the play.

"Kindle got up and thought he was going to talk some trash to him and he was ready to bite his damn throat off," defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said with a laugh, "and he was actually telling him, 'Nice job, kid. Nice tackle.' You could see Kindle, he was in his grill, and then he was like, 'Oh, OK, yeah, yeah, yeah, thank you.' It was pretty cool."

Coach Matt Nagy is confident that Shelley and Vildor will continue to thrive and grow.

"I think every day, every game they play, they're going to get more and more confidence, that's just natural," Nagy said. "They're both locked in the right way, they have the right mindset. And they're very coachable. So they're only going to learn through the fire and through experience, and so far I thought that last week they had some good plays in there that they made. Seeing where they're at this week, they've had a good week of practice.

"There's going to be times where they make mistakes mentally—that sometimes y'all won't even see or know because you don't know the scheme. Other times you're going to know it because they get beat one-on-one. It's how you rebound from that, and I think they're both mentally locked in that way."

In other injury news, tight end Demetrius Harris (foot) returned to practice in limited fashion Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and was originally listed as doubtful, but will miss Sunday's contest after being downgraded to out on Saturday.

The Bears have seven other veterans listed as questionable, mostly for precautionary reasons: receivers Allen Robinson II (hamstring) and Cordarrelle Patterson (knee); defensive tackles Akiem Hicks (ankle) and Bilal Nichols (knee); defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (hamstring); outside linebacker Khalil Mack (shoulder); and safety Deon Bush (foot).

"I do feel optimistic about them [playing Sunday], I really do," Nagy said. "This part of the season, in my opinion, you have to still stay the course with the practices and when you're doing it. But then there might be a little bit of pull-back in regards to knowing that, 'Hey, you're in Week 16, Week 17.' You've got to be smart, too. You've got to make sure that you're taking care of these guys so that they're ready to go.

"We want to be getting stronger as the season goes on and not going the other way, because we think that can help us win games. So it's not just my decision. But it's all of ours decisions, with the different silos of the trainers and Jen Gibson with our dietician and Jason Loscalzo with our strength coach, to make sure that we're handling these guys, keeping their strengths, but yet still taking care of them. I think that's all a little bit of that process as we go through this."

For the Jaguars, rookie running back James Robinson was listed as questionable Friday after sitting out practice all week with an ankle injury, but was downgraded to out on Saturday and will miss Sunday's game. Robinson ranks third in the NFL in rushing behind the Titans' Derrick Henry and the Vikings' Cook with 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns on 240 carries. The Rockford native and Illinois State product is just the fourth undrafted rookie to rush for at least 1,000 yards in NFL history.

Also for Jacksonville, receiver Collin Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday's game, while cornerback Sidney Jones IV (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Saturday after being originally listed as out Friday.

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
PlayerInjuryGame status

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

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

Sixth-year pro has totaled 14.5 sacks in his stops with Oakland, New York Giants, New Orleans and Chicago
Has played in 74 games with 24 starts; also has 30 QBH, 18 TFL and 5 FF to his credit
Also has played in three postseason games; one with Oakland in 2016, one with New Orleans in 2019 and one with the Bears in 2020


2015: All-Rookie team (Gil Brandt); Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Week 10)

2021 SEASON (Bears):

Played in 12 contests with one start, owning eight tackles, 2.0 sacks, five QBHs and one PD on the season
Registered two tackles, including one TFL, his first sack of the season and one QBH in his season debut Week 3 at Browns

2020 SEASON (Bears):

Played in 15 games; tied for third on the team with 4.0 sacks and was fifth with six TFL
Recorded four tackles, two TFL and a QBH in the Wild Card playoff game at the Saints
Career-high 2.0 sacks for minus-27 yards in the Week 14 win over the Texans
Recorded his first sack of the season in Week 6 at Carolina; also had two tackles
Recorded his second sack of the season in Week 9 at the Titans
Posted a career-high two TFL in the Week 7 at the Rams and again in Week 14 vs. the Texans

2019 SEASON (Saints):

Played in 14 games for New Orleans totaling 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble
Had his first sack at Carolina in Week 12 where he also had one QBH and a FF
Notched his second sack of the season vs. SF in Week 14 and his third in Week 17 at Carolina

2018 SEASON (Giants):

Played in 15 games for the Giants recording 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble

2017 SEASON (Raiders):

Recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks and four tackles for loss
Played and started in 14 games

2016 SEASON (Raiders):

Missed a majority of the season with a hip injury
Played in two games towards end of season, and logged one tackle

2015 SEASON (Raiders):

Logged a career best 33 tackles as a rookie
Also had 2.0 sacks, starting 10 games and playing in 14
Mario Edwards Jr.

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