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Whitehair, Jenkins set to return vs. Lions | Injury Update


It appears that the Bears will have both of their starting guards back on the field Sunday when they visit the Lions in Detroit.

After missing last Saturday's game against the Bills, left guard Cody Whitehair (knee) and right guard Teven Jenkins (neck) were full participants in practice Friday and were not given designations on the injury report.

"Relative to the health of our offensive line, Cody's been going all week, he's done a really nice job," said coach Matt Eberflus. "Teven's done a really good job. So it's good to be back to full strength in there."

With the offensive line back intact, the receiver position will be the one to monitor leading up to Sunday's contest. While Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) is expected to return, Chase Claypool (knee) and Dante Pettis (ankle) are both listed as questionable after being limited in practice Friday.

Brown sat out the Bills game after sustaining a concussion a week earlier versus the Eagles. He did not practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday, but he was a full participant Friday and was not given an injury designation. He started the first 14 games of the season, catching 18 passes for 300 yards and one touchdown while also excelling as a blocker.

"He provides leadership," Eberflus said. "He does a really good job with the other players. He can play multiple positions. He's a big target. The play he got hurt on was a big third-down strike to start that game."

Claypool has missed the last two games after hurting his knee Dec. 4 against the Packers. Since being acquired in a trade with the Steelers Nov. 1, he has played in five games and caught 12 passes for 111 yards.

Pettis hurt his ankle in practice this week. He has appeared in all 15 games with six starts this year, catching 17 passes for 226 yards and three TDs and averaging 9.7 yards on 16 punt returns.

Claypool and Pettis might be game-time decisions.

"Claypool, waiting to see if he progresses," Eberflus said. "You guys saw Dante, he tweaked his foot the other day, waiting to see on that. That'll be in the next 48 hours we'll be able to look at that."

Asked specifically about Claypool, Eberflus said: "He looked good today. We'll see [if there are] any residual effects from the practice, all that. But he looked good today, so we're excited where he is."

In other injury news, linebacker Sterling Weatherford (illness) and guard Ja'Tyre Carter (back) have been ruled out of Sunday's game; and tight end Trevon Wesco (calf) is questionable after being limited in practice all week.

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
Player Injury Game status
Teven Jenkins
Teven Jenkins
Neck Not_Listed
Dante Pettis
Dante Pettis
Ankle Questionable
Ja'Tyre Carter
Ja'Tyre Carter
Back Out

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