Five players did not finish the game, Devin Hester (concussion) left the game very early on, and the Bears proceeded to lose Matt Forte and Charles Tillman to ankle injuries and offensive lineman RG Lance Louis and LG Chris Spencer to Knee injuries.
A further injury to note was the news that star OLB Lance Briggs left Soldier Field Sunday with a boot on his right foot, although indications are that this was purely a precautionary move.
As was reported widely on Monday, Louis has been placed on the injured reserve list, after the cowardly and idiotic blind side block he received from DE Jared Allen (one no doubt that Ndamukong Suh and the classless organization and fan base of the Detroit Lions would be proud of), left Louis with a torn ACL, a huge loss for the Bears.
Thursdays’ press conferences yielded confirmations from both Forte and Briggs that they were planning to play on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, which is brilliant news for both sides of the ball.
Briggs seemed more interested in philosophizing over the pros and cons of Viagra usage in a modern day NFL than discussing his injury if truth be told.
Tillman is also marked firmly in the playing column after returning to limited practice and sprinting onto the practice field for good measure, so in truth the three most important players for the Bears all seem as if they are healthy enough to start come Sunday.
Kellen Davis was also upgraded to limited practice, but in truth, who really cares? All it means is that he will besmirch the good name of tight ends everywhere for yet another weekend in a Bears’ jersey. So hooray for another Sunday of lousy blocking, route running, catching and general mediocrity.
Spencer (knee) and Hester (concussion) have both been officially labelled as out for the Seahawks game. Again this isn’t a huge loss, Spencer has massively regressed this season, personally I believe there was a case for him hitting the bench for the second time this season even if he was healthy enough to play.
Hester is having a terrible season and whilst I don’t wish a concussion upon anyone, the rest may actually do this guy some good. He has made awful punt and kick return calls this season and shock of all horrors has failed to produce at wide receiver yet again.
Other injury news concerned Alshon Jeffery who is still out after a knee scope and is doubtful to play, as well as, Brian Urlacher who sat practice out as a coach’s choice.
All in all, despite the Louis setback the Bears should be fielding a side strong enough to defeat the Seahawks on Sunday, to take them to a 9-3 record.
Thursday Injury Report:
Devin Hester (Concussion)
Chris Spencer (Knee)
Did Not Practice:
Alshon Jeffery (Knee)
Brian Urlacher (Coach’s Decision)
Lance Briggs (Ankle)
Charles Tillman (Ankle)
Matt Forte (Ankle)
Kellen Davis (Ankle)
Stephen Paea (Shoulder)
Edwin Williams (Shoulder)