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Injury Update: Who's in and who's out for Texans game

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Nickel back Buster Skrine remains in concussion protocol and will miss his first game of the season Sunday when the Bears host the Houston Texans at Soldier Field.

Skrine sat out practice all week after sustaining a concussion in last Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions. The 10-year NFL veteran has recorded 66 tackles, three pass breakups and one forced fumble while appearing in 12 games with one start this season.

Top candidates to replace Skrine Sunday against the Texans include veterans Sherrick McManis and DeAndre Houston-Carson and second-year pro Duke Shelley.

"Those guys, they've done a great job at being able to fill in at these specific positions when guys are down, then when we get into different packages, they've shown it all year long," said coach Matt Nagy. "What they do is they rely on their savviness at that position and understanding schematically what other teams do.

"So when you have a time like this where you've got Buster who's out, you've got to have other guys step up. Whether it's Duke Shelley or whether it's Sherrick or whether it's DHC, it's a great opportunity for them. I just love the way they practice. I love how serious they take the game. So when a guy goes down like that or is out, it's a great opportunity for them, and they've all had a really good week."

Selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2019 draft out of Kansas State, Shelley has appeared in 16 games, all as a reserve, in his first two seasons with the team, playing only eight snaps on defense last year and just six so far in 2020.

"I would say his arrow is up," Nagy said, "and I'd say it because of this: It took him a little bit of time to learn the speed [of the NFL] and learn the new defense, but now he's getting a little bit, naturally, more confidence in himself. And then he gets to learn from one of the best nickels in the game [in Skrine]. That's a really good thing to have, and he's accepted that. He's really accepted it. Is he going to still make mistakes? For sure. But one thing that he does is he's a ballhawk. He's usually around the ball and he's got good ball skills."

Outside linebacker Khalil Mack (shoulder) returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and is listed as questionable. Mack has been limited in practice due to back, knee and shoulder injuries throughout the season—and listed as questionable—but has yet to miss a game.

In other Bears injury news, outside linebacker James Vaughters (knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's game, while tight end J.P. Holtz (shoulder/knee) is questionable after being limited in practice all week.

Receiver Darnell Mooney did not practice all week because of an undisclosed personal issue. But Nagy indicated Friday that the rookie receiver likely will be active Sunday, saying: "I do feel good about where he's at and having him play."

For the Texans, tight end Pharaoh Brown (concussion) is out, while quarterback A.J. McCarron (non-injury); receivers Brandin Cooks (foot/neck) and Keke Coutee (knee); linebacker Jonathan Greenard (illness); and cornerbacks Keion Crossen (foot), Phillip Gaines (knee/shoulder) and John Reid (neck) are all questionable.

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PRO CAREER:


Six-time Pro Bowler (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and three-time Associated Press All-Pro first-team (2015, 2016, 2018) and an AP All-Pro second team (2020)
2016 Associated Press and PFWA NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Became the first player in NFL history to be named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team at two positions (DE & LB) in 2015
Named to his first Pro Bowl in 2015 after finishing second in the NFL with 15.0 sacks; tied a Raiders single-game franchise record with 5.0 sacks on Dec. 13, 2015 at Denver
Named to PFWA, Sports Illustrated and NFL.com All-Rookie Teams in 2014
Owns 15 career multi-sack games (9 with OAK, 6 with CHI)
Had 21.0 sacks from 2018-19, which were the most by a Bears player in his first two years with the team
His 22 forced fumbles since the start of 2015 are the most in the NFL during that span
Has recorded at least 1.0 sack in 23 games for the Bears, with the Bears going 16-6 in those games (7-2 in 2018, 5-2 in 2019 and 4-3 in 2020)
Has 66.5 sacks since the start of 2015, the third most in the NFL in that span; has 21.0 3rd-quarter sacks since the start of 2015, the most in the NFL; also has 41 sacks in the second half/overtime during that span, which is second best in the NFL behind only Aaron Donald
In his Bears debut (Week 1, 2018, at GB), he became the first player in franchise history to record a sack and an INT in his debut; recorded a sack and a forced fumble in each of the first four weeks in 2018, becoming the first player in NFL history to do so
In 13 primetime games with the Bears Mack has 11.0 sacks, eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown.


HONORS:


2020: Pro Bowl Selection; AP All-Pro (second team); PFWA All-NFL
2019: Pro Bowl Selection; ranked No. 3 on NFL's Top 100
2018: Pro Bowl Selection, AP All-Pro, Sporting News All-Pro, PFWA All-NFL, NFC Defensive Player of the Month (September)
2017: Pro Bowl Selection
2016: AP and PFWA Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pro Selection, Pro Bowl Selection
2015: All-Pro Selection, Pro Bowl Selection
2014: PFWA All-Rookie Team


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Led the team with 9.0 sacks on the year; recorded at least 1.0 sack in four straight games from Weeks 5-8
Sacked Texans QB Deshaun Watson in the end zone to log the Bears first safety since the season finale of 2019 at Minnesota by former LB Nick Kwiatkoski. Also, forced a fumble on Texans RB Duke Johnson in the first quarter in the Bears Week 14 win
Season-high 2.0 sacks for minus-14 yards in the Week 5 win over TB; also had three QBHs and one PD
Recorded 1.0 sack and 2 TFL in the Week 6 win at Carolina; also had 1.0 sack and a FF in Week 7 at the Rams
Recorded four tackles in the Week 1 win at Detroit
Recorded his first sack of the season in the Week 2 win over the Giants, dropping QB Daniel Jones for a loss of eight yards
Recorded 0.5 sack and two QBHs in the win at the Falcons
Recorded a strip-sack on Saints QB Drew Brees in the second quarter of the Week 8 matchup at Soldier Field
Intercepted Vikings QB Kirk Cousins in Week 10 and returned in 33-yards (career-long) which led to a Cairo Santos field goal


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Voted to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games for the fifth time in six years
Finished with a team-best 8.5 sacks, 14 QBH and five forced fumbles, which ranked fourth in the NFL
Recorded 4.5 sacks in Weeks 2-4 at Denver (1.0), at Washington (2.0) and vs. the Vikings (1.5)
Added 1.0 sack and two passes defensed vs. the Chargers
Also had 1.0 sack vs. the Giants and Chiefs


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Selected to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl; AP, PFWA and Sporting News All-Pro
Tied for the league lead with six forced fumbles
Recorded a team-high 12.5 sacks, good for sixth most in the NFL
Appeared in 14 games (13 starts), recording 47 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 11.0 tackles-for-loss, six forced fumbles, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one interception (returned for a touchdown)
Turned in an impressive debut for the Bears at GB in Week 1, recording 1.0 sack for minus-12 yards, one INT for a TD, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery; in doing so, he became the first player since 1982, when sacks became a statistic, to record a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an INT and touchdown in one half (source: Elias Sports Bureau)
Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month (September)


2017 SEASON (Raiders):


Started all 16 games and totaled a career-high 87 tackles (65 solo) to go along with 10.5 sacks
Named to his third straight Pro Bowl
Led the Raiders in sacks for the third consecutive season
Was one of two defensive players in the NFL with 70+ tackles and 10+ sacks (Joey Bosa, LAC) and was the only defensive player in the NFL to tally at least 75 tackles, 10.0 sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery
Recorded nine tackles (seven) and posted a sack of QB Kirk Cousins, dropping him for a 9-yard loss in the first half at WAS
Totaled seven tackles and a season-high two sacks at Denver
Recorded four tackles, one sack, one FF and one FR vs. the Giants; late in the first half with the Giants driving, took down QB Geno Smith and simultaneously took the ball away from him, recording a forced fumble and fumble recovery on the play
Recorded six tackles and posted his second multi-sack contest of the year vs. Dallas


2016 SEASON (Raiders):


Turned in one of the most impressive seasons in Raiders history while earning his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection
Started all 16 games and totaled 77 tackles (56 solo), 11 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one INT returned for a TD and four passes defensed
Named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year, becoming just the second player in franchise history (Lester Hayes, 1980) to earn the prestigious award
Was also named the PFWA's Defensive Player of the Year and the NFL 101 Awards' AFC Defensive Player of the Year
Named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team and the Pro Football Writers of America's All-NFL Team
Named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November after posting 13 tackles (10), four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one INT-TD and two passes defensed, helping the Raiders go 3-0 in the month
Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice (Week 9 vs. Denver and Week 12 vs. Carolina)
Led the team in sacks for the second straight season; also led team with three fumble recoveries
Tied an NFL record by recording a sack in eight straight games from Weeks 6-14
Tied for the team lead with seven tackles while recording a forced fumble and two sacks (10/30) at TB Recorded three tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed in the victory vs. DEN, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors; helped limit the Denver offense to just 33 rushing yards in the game
Turned in one of the finest defensive performances in NFL history vs. Carolina, becoming the first player since Charles Woodson in 2009 to record a sack, interception returned for a touchdown, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game; earned his second AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance, his second of the month; finished the game with seven tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one INT-TD, and one pass defensed; tallied his first career INT and first career TD when he intercepted a screen pass and returned it six yards for the score; on the Panthers' final offensive play of the game, forced and recovered a fumble to seal the victory
Went on to win the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November


2015 SEASON (Raiders):


Started all 16 games and was named to his first Pro Bowl
Became the first player in NFL history to be named to the AP All-Pro First Team at two positions (DE & LB)
Finished second in the NFL with 15.0 sacks, falling just one sack short of the Raiders' franchise record
Posted 10 sacks over a four-game stretch from Weeks 12-15 and had four multiple-sack games
Credited with 79 tackles (58 solo), four passes defensed and two forced fumbles on the year
Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after enjoying a career performance at Denver (12/13), tying the franchise record with five sacks, matching a mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long in 1983; all five sacks came in the second half
Posted second career two-sack game at CLE, getting to QB Josh McCown twice on a fourth-quarter series
Posted another standout performance, totaling eight tackles (seven) and two sacks vs. KC


2014 SEASON (Raiders):


Started all 16 games as a rookie, totaling 84 tackles (59 solo), four sacks, one forced fumble and four passes defensed
Became just the third rookie LB in Raiders history to start all 16 games, following Matt Millen (1980) and Reggie McKenzie (1985)
Posted first career multiple-sack game vs. SF, getting to QB Colin Kaepernick twice in the fourth quarter.
Finished third in voting for the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year Award
Selected to the Pro Football Writers of America, Sports Illustrated and NFL.com All-Rookie Teams
Only rookie named to the USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for young players to emulate
Khalil Mack
Shoulder Questionable
PRO CAREER:


Has appeared in 151 games (92 starts) through nine-plus seasons with the Browns (2011-14), Jets (2015-18) and Bears (2019-20)
Has 545 career tackles (462 solo), 85 passes defended, 16 tackles for loss, nine interceptions, 3.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles and 28 special teams tackles


2020 SEASON (Bears):


Played in 12 games with three starts; inactive Weeks 14-17 with a concussion
Career-high 13 tackles in Week 12 at Green Bay
Made a season-high seven tackles in Week 7 at the Rams
Made his first start of the season in Week 5 vs. the Buccaneers; had one TFL in the game
Recorded four tackles, all solo, and also recorded two PD in the Week 1 win at the Lions
Had six tackles (five solo) in the Week 2 win over the Giants and also at the Falcons; five tackles in the Week 6 win at Carolina


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


2018 SEASON (Jets): 


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:


Finished his second full NFL season in 2020; has played in 17 career games with one postseason appearance


*2020 SEASON (Bears): *


Played in all but two games (Weeks 13-14) as a reserve along the defensive front and on special teams; totaled 19 tackles, two TFL, 1.5 sacks and two QBH; also tallied three special teams tackles
Had 1.0 sack for minus-6 yards in the Week 5 win over Tampa Bay and then had another half sack in Week 6 at Carolina 


*2019 SEASON (Bears): *


Appeared in three games for the Bears on special teams, logging three tackles
James Vaughters
Knee Out
*PRO CAREER: *


Has played in 31 career games with eight starts; has caught seven passes for 91 yards


2020 SEASON (Bears): 


Played in all 16 games with one start; started and lined up at fullback in the Week 1 win at Detroit
Saw action as a reserve and on special teams in every other game this season; recorded four special teams tackles, including two vs. Detroit in Week 13


2019 SEASON (Bears): 


Appeared in one game as a reserve for the Washington Redskins before being waived, then claimed by the Bears, inactive for Week 2
Appeared in 14 games (seven starts) for the Bears, catching seven passes for 91 yards
Caught a season-high three passes for 56 yards, including a 30-yarder, in the Week 14 win over the Cowboys
J.P. Holtz
Shoulder/knee Questionable

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