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

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Four Bears players missed practice Friday and were ruled out of Sunday's game in Tennessee: defensive tackle John Jenkins (ankle), center Sam Mustipher (knee), defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (shoulder) and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (right shoulder).

The Bears will be especially thin on their offensive line against the Titans, missing three regular starters. Left guard James Daniels (pectoral) and right tackle Bobby Massie (knee) are on injured reserve, and center Cody Whitehair is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Also unavailable are two top reserves in Mustipher and Jason Spriggs, who started in place of Massie at right tackle last Sunday against the Saints but has since been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Bears' two healthy remaining offensive linemen are left tackle Charles Leno Jr. and right guard Germain Ifedi, who was activated Friday and returned to practice after spending four days on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

"Thankfully, I got called this morning and I was cleared to come in," Ifedi said. "I was able to get in a good practice today. I'm super excited. It's big, especially for an offensive lineman, a position that's all about timing and being in the right spots. It's tough to go a week off and do that."

Rashaad Coward, who has started the last three games at left guard in place of Daniels, practiced in full this week and was removed from the injury report after recovering from an ankle issue.

The only other offensive linemen currently on the Bears' 53-man roster are first-year pro Alex Bars and rookie seventh-round draft picks Arlington Hambright and Lachavious Simmons. Linemen on the practice squad are Dieter Eiselen, Aaron Neary and Badara Traore.

Regardless of who plays where Sunday, the Bears won't have the same experience on their offensive line as they normally do with their regular starters. They also had one fewer practice this week because Halas Hall was closed Thursday after a player tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, coach Matt Nagy has simplified assignments to give the young players the best chance to succeed.

"We'll do everything we can to make sure that they can play fast," Nagy said. "Simplifying things and allowing them to play fast is something that we'll do. If there's something in there that's too much, then we can't do that.

"Not having practice yesterday, today was a long day for us because we had to catch up with some of our other stuff that we missed yesterday on the field. But they did a really good job, mentally, really in all three phases. We'll continue to simplify as much as we can so that we can play fast and play better."

Nagy is hoping that the untested linemen will make the most of a rare opportunity to play.

"I want to try to look at the positives in all of this," said the Bears coach. "None of us can promise anything, but man it would be really cool to see some of these younger guys step up and do well. Are they going to get beat at times? Yeah. In the run game and pass game, it's probably going to happen. But how do they respond to that? And then how do they respond to the coaching, etc. But this is what it's all about."

Trubisky, meanwhile, is out with a right-shoulder injury he suffered on his only snap in last Sunday's loss to the Saints when he was tackled by linebacker Alex Anzalone on a 3-yard run.

Nagy said that he doesn't anticipate Trubisky being placed on injured reserve and revealed that the injury is similar but not as severe as the one that sidelined him for two games in 2018.

"As far as where he's at mentally and sympathizing with him, this is a kid that's obviously been through a lot," Nagy said. "For one play, for him to come in and try to help the team and unfortunately have that happen, there's a lot of different ways you can look at it.

"I'm going to continue to go back to this and say this about Mitchell: He is a kid that does everything he possibly can and cares a lot about this game and about his teammates. For him, when you have somebody like that, you really, really care about him as a player and a person. And so, just for him to continue to stay positive, for us to help him stay positive and be there to support is all we can really do."

In other injury news, rookie tight end Cole Kmet is listed as questionable with a groin injury after being limited in practice Friday.

For the Titans, receiver Adam Humphries (concussion) and punter Brett Kern (wrist) have been ruled out of Sunday's game, while outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and cornerback Tye Smith (shoulder) are questionable.

Clowney is expected to be a game-time decision after being held out of practice all week.

"We're just trying to do what is best for him, and what's best for the football team, and that was to give him a couple of days of rest," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Friday. "We'll see where he's at tomorrow and at 10:30 Sunday (when the inactives are due) make a decision on the 48 guys that go to the game."

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


Played in 82 career games with 28 starts
Has logged 155 tackles (87 solo), 2.5 sacks, 3 passes defensed 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery


2019 SEASON (Dolphins):


Played in 16 games with 5 starts in Miami (Spent the offseason and training camp with the New York Giants)
Tallied 34 tackles (20 solo), 1 sack and 1 pass defensed with Miami


2018 SEASON (Giants):


In his lone season with the Giants, appeared in seven games and logged 1 quarterback hurry


2017 (Bears):


Appeared in 8 games (1 start)
Logged 8 tackles (5 solo)
Lone start came in a 33-7 win over Cincinnati on Dec. 10, 2017 (2 total tackles, 1 solo)


2016 (Saints / Seahawks):


Played in 7 games with 1 start for New Orleans (10 tackles, 6 solo)
Played in 2 games with Seattle (3 tackles) 


2015 (Saints):


Played in 14 games (12 starts)
Totaled 49 tackles (23 solo), 0.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery


2014 (Saints):


Played in 12 games (4 starts)
Logged 30 tackles (20 solo), 1 sack and 1 pass defensed
Missed the final game of the season after being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27


2013 (Saints):


Played in all 16 games (5 starts)
Totaled 21 tackles (13 solo)
John Jenkins
Ankle Out
2019 SEASON (Bears):


Spent entire 2019 season on Bears practice squad
Sam Mustipher
Knee Out
PRO CAREER:


Has appeared in 44 career games with seven starts for the Chicago Bears over three seasons, recording 64 tackles, 7.5 sacks, six pass defensed and eight tackles for loss
Joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2016, appearing in the first three preseason games before he was placed on the illness/non-football injury list


*2019 SEASON (Bears): *


Appeared in 15 games with seven starts, recording 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three pass defenses and three TFLs


2018 SEASON (Bears):


Appeared in 16 games, recording 20 tackles, 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed and three TFLs
Appeared as a reserve in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19)


*2017 SEASON (Bears): *


Appeared in 13 games as a reserve, recording 12 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 1 PD, 1 FR and 1 STT
Roy Robertson-Harris
Shoulder Out
PRO CAREER:


2018 Pro Bowl selection, the first Bears QB to play in the Pro Bowl since Jim McMahon after the 1985 season
Trubisky is 23-18 as a starter over three seasons, including an 19-10 mark since the start of 2018
Has completed 811-of-1,280 passes for 8,554 yards (63.4 pct), 48 TDs and 29 INTs
Has 862 rushing yards on 157 attempts (5.5 avg) and 7 TDs; his 862 rushing yards rank sixth in Bears history among QBs entering the 2020 season
Set a career-high in passing TDs (6) in 2018 vs. Tampa Bay in Week 4, one shy of the NFL record; threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half of that game, becoming just the second player in league history to do so
Set a career-high in passing yards (355) vs. Detroit in 2018
Completed 26-of-43 passes for 303 yards and one touchdown in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI; his 303 yards and 26 completions were the most in Bears postseason history
Started 12 games in his rookie season, setting Bears franchise rookie records for completions (196) and passing yards (2,193) and finishing second in attempts (330) and tied for third in touchdown passes (7)
Tied Billy Wade for the third-fastest Bears player to hit the 6,000 yard passing mark (30 games)
Recorded back-to-back 3,000 yard passing seasons in 2018 and 2019, making him the second Bears quarterback to accomplish the feat (Jay Cutler)


HONORS/AWARDS:


2018: Pro Bowl selection, Week 10 NFC Offensive Player of the Week


*2019 SEASON (Bears): *


Started 15 games, going 8-7
Finished the season with 3,138 passing yards, marking back-to-back 3,000-yard seasons and becoming just the second Bear to accomplish the feat (Jay Cutler, 2x, 2009-10 and 2014-15)
Had his best game in the Week 14 win vs. the Cowboys, completing 23-of-31 passes for 244 yards with three passing TDs and one more on the ground to become the first QB in NFL history to complete 70.0+ percent of his passes on 30+ attempts, throw 3+ TD passes, rush for 50+ yards and have a rushing TD all in the same game
Finished the Cowboys game with a 115.5 passer rating (Bears are 9-1 since the start of last season and 11-2 in his career when he posts a passer rating of 100.0 or higher)
Accounted for 13 TDs from Weeks 10-14, 11 passing and two rushing
On Thanksgiving in Detroit, completed 29-of-38 passes for a season-high 338 yards with three TDs; marched the offense on a season-long 90-yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter and connected with rookie RB David Montgomery on a 3-yard TD pass to give the Bears a 24-20 lead
Completed 16-of-23 passes for 173 yards and three TDs in the Week 10 win over the Lions with a passer rating of 131.0, the third highest of his career
Finished 25-of-31 passing for 231 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT in the MNF win at Washington in Week 3; completed a career-high 20 passes in the first half at Washington as the Bears raced out to a 28-3 halftime lead


*2018 SEASON (Bears): *


Named to his first Pro Bowl
Started 14 games (11-3 record as starter), completing 289-of-434 (66.6 pct.) passes for 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions
Added 421 rushing yards on 68 attempts (6.1 avg) and three touchdowns
Converted five two-point conversions (1 rushing, 4 passing)
Finished the regular season ranked fifth in rushing yards per game among quarterbacks
Completed his first seven passes at Green Bay, leading Chicago on an opening-drive touchdown
Set a career-high in passing touchdowns (6) and total offense (407) vs. Tampa Bay in Week 4; his six passing touchdowns ranks second all-time in Bears history and is one off the NFL record
Threw five touchdowns to five different receivers in the first half vs. TB, becoming just the second player in league history to do so
Threw for a career-high 355 yards vs. Detroit in Week 10
Recorded a 120.4 passer rating at home vs. GB was the highest QBR by a Bear against the Packers since 2000
Became sixth quarterback in franchise history to go over 3,000 yards passing
Completed 26-of-43 passes for 303 yards and one touchdown in Wild Card playoff game vs. PHI (1/6/19); 303 yards and 26 completions are both the most in Bears postseason history


*2017 SEASON (Bears): *


Active, but did not play in first four games
Made first career start on Monday Night Football (10/9) vs. MIN, becoming the first Bears rookie to start at QB since Kyle Orton in 2005
Completed 196-of-330 passes for 2,193 yards, 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions
Carried the ball 41 times for 248 yards (6.0 avg) and 2 touchdowns
Became the first Bears rookie QB to win their first road start since Craig Krenzel in 2004 (vs. BAL 10/15); also became the second rookie quarterback to win a game in Baltimore since the franchise moved from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1996
Completed 31 of 46 passes for 314 yards in Week 15 at Detroit -- all Bears rookie records
Became the first Bears rookie QB to pass for 300+ yards in a game since Cade McNown threw for 301 yards in 1999 vs. Detroit
Set Bears franchise rookie records for completions (196) and passing yards (2,193), finished second in attempts (330) and tied for third in touchdown passes (7)
Mitchell Trubisky
Right shoulder Out
JUNIOR SEASON (2019):


Started 11 games after missing the first two due to a broken collarbone suffered during fall camp
Had nine receptions for 108 yards and a TD in his first game back from injury at Georgia
Recorded a receiving TD in four straight games against Bowling Green, Southern Cal, Michigan and Virginia Tech
Made a TD reception among seven receptions for 78 yards against Boston College
Caught all six passes thrown his way for 61 yards and a score in win over Southern Cal
Caught all five targets in regular-season finale at Stanford for a total of 77 yards


SOPHOMORE SEASON (2018):


Played in 11 games, making 15 catches for 162 yards


FRESHMAN SEASON (2017):


Played tight end in all 13 of Notre Dame’s football games throughout the 2017 season, finishing with two catches for 14 yards
Also played for the baseball team, leading the Irish with eight saves


HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL


Played for coach David Archibald at Saint Viator
Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio
Majored in Psychology at Notre Dame
Named 2016 American Family Insurance Second Team ALL-USA Illinois
Named 2016 Second Team Chicago Tribune Preps Plus All-State
2016 First Team Illinois High School Coaches Association Class 6A All-Illinois
Caught 48 passes for 773 yards and four TDs as a senior at Saint Viator in 2016
Averaged 96.6 receiving yards/game and 16.1 yards/reception
83-ranked overall player and No. 3 tight end by ESPN.com
Illinois’ No. 3-ranked player by Scout.com, No. 3-ranked player by 247Sports, No. 3-ranked player by ESPN and No. 3-ranked player by Rivals
Cole Kmet
Groin Questionable

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