Bears Senior Writer
For the first time in recent memory, no players are listed on the Bears injury report heading into Monday night’s game in New England.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever had that,” said coach Matt Eberflus. “It’s been 13, 14 years in the league now, I don’t know that I’ve ever had that before at this time of the year. We’re certainly fortunate. We’re excited about that.”
Eberflus cited several factors for the Bears’ good health.
“It really goes down to the players before practice, after practice, taking care of their bodies,” Eberflus said, “our performance staff, [Clyde Emrich director of high performance Brent] Salazar and [head strength and conditioning coach] Jimmy Arthur and all those guys, and [head athletic trainer] Andre [Tucker]; everybody in that training room doing a good job of really working with those players to keep them where they are.
“A lot of that’s luck. A lot of that you can’t really predict. But certainly my hat’s off to the players and the staff.”
The Patriots list 12 players on their injury report, all as questionable. It includes five starters: quarterback Mac Jones (ankle), receiver Nelson Agholor (hamstring), right guard Mike Onwenu (ankle), right tackle Isaiah Wynn (shoulder) and defensive tackle Christian Barmore (knee).
It’s unclear whether Jones or rookie fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe will start at quarterback for the Patriots Monday night. Jones, who has missed the last three games, was limited in practice this week. Zappe has won his first two NFL starts the last two weeks, leading New England to victories over the Lions (29-0) and Browns (38-15).
The Bears hit the Halas Hall practice fields Thursday afternoon for their first practice of the week ahead of Monday night’s road game against the Patriots.
Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and was not given an injury designation for Thursday night’s game against the Commanders, meaning that he’s set to return to action.
Bears running back David Montgomery was limited in practice Friday for the second straight day and is questionable for Sunday’s road game against the Vikings, while cornerback Jaylon Johnson is doubtful.
Bears running back David Montgomery and cornerback Jaylon Johnson have been ruled out of Sunday’s road game against the Giants with injuries.
Key Bears defensive starters Roquan Smith (hip) and cornerback Jaylon Johnson (quad) did not practice Friday due to injuries and are listed as questionable for Sunday’s home game against the Texans.
The Bears appear to be the healthier of the two teams heading into Sunday night’s NFC North clash in Green Bay, with receiver Velus Jones Jr. listed as the only player on their injury report.
Bears rookie receiver Velus Jones Jr. (hamstring) did not practice Friday for the third straight day and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s season opener against the 49ers.
With rookie quarterback Justin Fields still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Bears coach Matt Nagy announced Friday that Andy Dalton will start Sunday’s season finale in Minnesota, with Nick Foles serving as the backup.
With No. 1 quarterback Justin Fields still recovering from an ankle injury, Bears coach Matt Nagy announced Friday that veteran Andy Dalton will start Sunday’s home finale against the Giants.
With rookie quarterback Justin Fields held out of practice Friday for a second straight day due to an ankle injury, Bears coach Matt Nagy announced that veteran Nick Foles will start Sunday in Seattle.
The Bears are getting healthier as the week goes on and could get more players back in time to suit up for Monday night’s home game against the Vikings.
While Justin Fields continues to progress, the Bears rookie quarterback is expected to miss his second straight game due to broken ribs, with veteran Andy Dalton again starting in his place Sunday against the visiting Cardinals.
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