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Injury Update: Who's in, who's out for Saints game

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Bears center Cody Whitehair on Friday was ruled out of Sunday's home game against the Saints with a calf injury he sustained in last Monday night's road loss to the Rams.

Whitehair, who was unable to practice all week, has started all 71 games since joining the Bears in 2016 as a second-round draft pick from Kansas State. Beginning in 2018, the 6-3, 313-pounder had not missed a single play in 39 games before exiting late in the third quarter versus the Rams.

After replacing Whitehair in Los Angeles, first-year pro Sam Mustipher is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday against the Saints. Mustipher signed with the Bears last year as an undrafted free agent from Notre Dame and spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad. The 6-2, 314-pounder remained on the practice squad for the first five weeks this season before being promoted to the active roster Oct. 14 after left guard James Daniels suffered a season-ending chest injury.

At Notre Dame, Mustipher started all 37 games over his final three seasons at center and graduated with a computer science degree. 

The Bears are confident in Mustipher's ability to step in and handle all of the responsibilities that come with playing center in the NFL.

"The biggest thing probably is the communication with these centers in regards to the 'Mike' [linebacker] ID calls and the different looks you can get," said coach Matt Nagy. "The one thing I would say with a guy like Sam Mustipher is here's a guy that takes the game extremely seriously. He's been playing center for a long time. He's a natural born leader. You can feel it. Super hard worker.

"Are there times where things could happen, as in last week where you might get beat technique-wise here or there? Yeah. But it sure as heck isn't going to be because of effort and want. And so you take that, you combine that with his teammates on that line and you combine that with [offensive line coach] Juan Castillo and [assistant] Donny [Raiola], you just do nothing but just keep plugging away. I thought that Sam has had a really good week of practice, and now we'll see where it goes."

In other injury news, receiver Allen Robinson II remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and is listed as doubtful after sitting out practice all week. It remains uncertain whether Robinson, who suffered a concussion late in the loss to the Rams, will be able to play against the Saints.

"I've got to see how that goes with that whole protocol and what they say he can and can't do," Nagy said. "If he's able to pass through it and everything is good to go, of course we want him to be out there. I think that's probably the best answer for me to give you considering the protocol. It's kind of out of our hands."

Robinson leads the Bears in receiving with 44 catches for 544 yards and two touchdowns. The seventh-year pro has appeared in 36 of 39 games since signing with the Bears in 2018, missing two contests with a groin injury and one with a rib injury in 2018.

Four other Bears players are questionable for Sunday's game: Safeties Eddie Jackson (knee) and Sherrick McManis (hamstring) both practiced without restrictions Friday, while outside linebacker Khalil Mack (ankle) and wide receiver/return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson (quad) were limited.

The Saints, meanwhile, have ruled three players out of the contest, including star receiver Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring). The others are receiver Marquez Callaway (ankle) and guard Nick Easton (concussion).

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Player Injury Game status
PRO CAREER:


Two-time Pro Bowl selection (2018, 2019)
Has started all 46 games in which he has played in his career, missing just two games in 2018
Owns 181 career tackles, 26 pass defenses, five fumble recoveries (two returned for TDs), 10 interceptions (three returned for TDs), four forced fumbles, 2.0 sacks and eight tackles for loss in three seasons with the Bears (2017-19)
Named to his first Pro Bowl after the 2018 season and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro team
His 76-yard INT and 75-yard fumble recovery for touchdowns vs. CAR (10/22/17) made him the first player in NFL history to return both a fumble recovery and interceptions 75+ yard touchdowns in the same game; also made him the first rookie in NFL history with multiple 75+ yard defensive touchdowns in the same game
His five defensive touchdowns are the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2017
Since 1970, he is the only other player with 3+ defensive touchdowns of 65+ yards in a 2-season span is Deion Sanders (3 in 1994)


HONORS/AWARDS:


2017: NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 7 vs. CAR)
2018: Pro Bowl, AP All-Pro, Sporting News All-Pro, PFWA All-NFL, NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 12 at DET), NFC Defensive Player of the Month (November)
2019: Pro Bowl Selection


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Pro Bowl selection for the second straight year
Started all 16 games, recording 60 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one sack and five TFLs
Tied his career-high with 10 tackles at Denver (9/15) before besting that with 11 tackles at PHI (11/3)
Recorded game-clinching interceptions in Week 13 at Detroit and in Week 17 at Minnesota


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Selected to his first Pro Bowl and named to the Associated Press All-Pro team after finishing fourth in the NFL with six interceptions
Started 14 games (inactive Games 15-16), recording 51 tackles, 14 pass defenses, six interceptions (two returned for a TD), one sack, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery (returned for a TD)
65-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown at BUF was his second career fumble recovery for a touchdown
Recorded first career sack vs. Seattle (9/17)
Active, but did not play in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19)


2017 SEASON (Bears):


Started all 16 games as a rookie, recording 70 tackles, 6 pass defenses, 3 fumble recoveries (1 returned for TD), 2 interceptions (1 returned for TD), 1 FF and 1 TFL
Jackson's 76-yard INT and 75-yard fumble recovery for touchdowns vs. CAR (10/22) made him the first player in NFL history to return both a fumble recovery and an INT 75+ yard TDs in the same game; also made him the first rookie in NFL history with multiple 75+ yard defensive touchdowns in the same game
75-yard fumble recovery was 3rd-longest in Bears history
Week 7 performance earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week Honors
Career-high 10 tackles Week 17 vs. Minnesota
Recorded multiple tackles in 13 of 16 games
Eddie Jackson
Knee Questionable
PRO CAREER:


Voted to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl in 2019
2016 Associated Press and PFWA NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Named to the AP All-Pro First Team in 2015, 2016 and 2018
Became the first player in NFL history to be named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team at two positions (defensive end and linebacker) 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
Career totals include 94 games (93 starts), 398 tackles (308 solo), 61.5 sacks, 86 tackles-for-loss, 20 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, two interceptions (both returned for a TD) and 19 passes defensed
Has 21.0 sacks since the start of the 2018 season, which is the most by a Bears player in his first two years with the team
His 19 forced fumbles since the start of 2015 are second most in the NFL during that span behind Arizona’s Chandler Jones (21)
Has recorded at least 1.0 sack in 16 of 30 games for the Bears in his first two years, with the Bears going 12-4 in those games (7-2 in 2018 and 5-2 in 2019)
Has 57.5 sacks since the start of 2015, the fourth most in the NFL; has 18.0 3rd-quarter sacks since the start of 2015, the most in the NFL; also has 35.5 sacks in the second half/overtime during that span, which is second best in the NFL
Owns 14 career multi-sack games (9 with OAK, 5 with CHI)
In his Bears debut (Week 1, 2018, at GB), he became the first player in franchise history to record a sack and an interception in his debut with the team; 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 eight primetime games with the Bears Mack has 8.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception returned for a touchdown.


HONORS/AWARDS:


2019: Pro Bowl Selection
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


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Voted to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl
Started all 16 games
Forced five fumbles, which ranked fourth in the NFL.
Finished with a team-best 8.5 sacks, 14 QBH and five forced fumbles on the season
Has 21.0 sacks since the start of last season, which is the most by a Bears player in his first two years with the team
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 PD vs. LAC
Also had 1.0 sack vs. NYG and KC


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
His 12.5 sacks ranked sixth 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 three tackles, 1.0 sack for minus-12 yards, one interception 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 interception 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 DEN
Disrupted the Giants' (12/3) offense throughout, recording four tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery; 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. DAL 


2016 SEASON (Raiders):


Turned in one of the most impressive seasons by a defender in Raiders history
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 Pro Football Writers of America's Defensive Player of the Year and the NFL 101 Awards' AFC Defensive Player of the Year
Selected to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season
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. CAR, 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
Pro Bowl selection
Became the first player in NFL history to be named to the AP All-Pro First Team at two positions (defensive end and linebacker)
Finished second in the NFL with 15 sacks, falling just one sack short of the Raiders' franchise record
Posted 10 sacks over a four-game stretch from Weeks 12-15
Recorded 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 DEN (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 linebacker 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
Ankle Questionable
PRO CAREER:


Has appeared in 131 contests (5 starts) over 10 seasons with Houston (2010-11) and Chicago (2012-19), recording 52 tackles, two interceptions, 1.0 sack, two tackles-for-loss, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble
Has added 90 STTs, one blocked punt (which was returned by the Bears for a touchdown), one blocked FG, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries on special teams
Also owns 11 kickoff returns for 230 yards (20.9 avg)
His 74 special teams tackles leads the Bears since joining the team in 2012
Has ranked in the top 3 on the Bears in special teams tackles in each of his eight seasons with the Bears


HONORS AND AWARDS: 


2012: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (11/4/12)


2019 SEASON (Bears): 


Appeared in nine games as a reserve, recording three tackles, one pass defense and one forced fumble ... added eight STTs
Inactive for Weeks 2-3 and 13
Placed on injured reserve in Week 14


2018 SEASON (Bears): 


Appeared in 15 games (one start), recording 21 tackles, one sack, one interception, four passes defensed and two tackles for loss
Recorded his first career sack at Arizona (9/23) 
Adds three specials teams tackles
Inactive for Game 12
Started Wild Card playoff game, recording three tackles, three passes defensed and one tackle for loss


2017 SEASON (Bears): 


Appeared in 13 games as a reserve, recording one tackles, a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery on special teams and added 12 STTs
Inactive for Games 7-9


2016 SEASON (Bears): 


Appeared in all 16 games as a reserve defensive back and special teams contributor
Recorded 3 tackles
Led team with 13 STTs


2015 SEASON (Bears): 


Saw action in all 16 contests, starting 4 (Games 1, 3 & 5-6) in a 3 CB-set, collecting 19 tackles and 3 pass breakups
Led the Bears with a career-high 17 special teams tackles


2014 SEASON (Bears): 


Appeared in 12 games
Racked up 13 special teams tackles, which ranked second on the team
Added 1 FR off a muffed punt and 4 defensive tackles


2013 SEASON (Bears): 


Played in 15 games with 1 start, the first of his career
Finished second on the Bears with 15 STTs


2012 SEASON (Bears): 


Finished tied for third on the team with 10 STTs in 12 games
Helped the Bears set a franchise record in punt coverage allowing 3.4 ypr
Recovered 1 fumble
Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a punt week 9 at TEN (11/4/12), which was returned for a Bears touchdown


2011 SEASON (Texans):  


Recorded 5 STTs in 9 games played in Houston
Returned 10 kickoffs for 205 yards (20.5 avg) 


2010 SEASON (Texans): 


Saw action in 14 games with the Texans
made 11 STTs, 2 defensive tackles and 1 INT
Sherrick McManis
Hamstring 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.)
Three-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)
Seven career kick return touchdowns is one off the league record


*HONORS/AWARDS:  *


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)
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: 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
Quad Questionable
PRO CAREER:


Finished his fourth NFL season in 2019, starting all 64 games (52 at C, 10 at LG, 2 at RG) for the Bears
His 64 consecutive starts headed into the 2020 season rank sixth among Bears offensive linemen since 1991
Paved the way for rookie Jordan Howard to 1,313 rushing yards (2nd in NFL) and also help Howard become the first Chicago Bear to rush for 1,000+ yards in his first two seasons as a Bear
Helped the Bears to the 3rd most passing yards (gross and net) in franchise history in 2016


*HONORS/AWARDS: *


2016: PFWA All-Rookie Team


2019 SEASON (Bears):


Started 16 games, the first eight at left guard before finishing the season at center for the final eight


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Started 16 games at center
Part of an offensive line that allowed just 33 sacks, tied for the third fewest in the NFC
Started Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19)
*2017 SEASON (Bears): *
Started 16 games; played three different positions on the offensive line: 12 at C, 2 at LG, 2 at RG
Helped Jordan Howard become the first Chicago Bear to rush for 1,000+ yards in his first two seasons as a Bear, rushing for 1,122 yards in 2017
2016 SEASON (Bears):
Started all 16 games as a rookie for the Chicago Bears paved the way for rookie Jordan Howard to 1,313 rushing yards (2nd in NFL)
helped the Bears to the 3rd most passing yards (gross and net) in franchise history
Cody Whitehair
Calf Out

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