Posted by Matt Clapp | 10/26/2012 04:47:00 PM | Alshon Jeffery, Antwan Applewhite, Brody Eldridge, Carolina Panthers, Jay Cutler, Ndamukong Suh, Thomas Keiser
The Bears (5-1) and Panthers (1-5) meet on Sunday at Soldier Field, and the two teams released their injury reports following Friday's practice:
Bears Injury Report
Out: WR Alshon Jeffery (Hand)
Probable: QB Jay Cutler (Ribs; Full Participation); TE Brody Eldridge (Illness; Full Participation)
Panthers Injury Report
Out: DE Antwan Applewhite (Thigh)
Doubtful: DE Thomas Keiser (Elbow; Did Not Practice)
Probable: DT Dwan Edwards (Hand; Full Particpation), TE Ben Hartsock (Calf; Full Participation), DE Charles Johnson (Hip; Limited Participation), CB Captain Munnerlyn ((Leg; Full Participation)
When Ndamukong Suh threw Jay Cutler into the ground on Monday night, it immediately looked like Cutler may be missing quite a bit of time. Thankfully, the Bears' quarterback only suffered bruised ribs, and was able to play through pain in the second half. However, the ribs clearly limited his effectiveness, as he was inaccurate on some throws. What was particularly noticeable was how short he was on a few throws, something that we rarely see from the rocket-armed quarterback.
But, Cutler had full participation each of the last two days, and will make the start against the Panthers on Sunday. How effective Cutler will be is anybody's guess, but ABC7's Rafer Weigel tweeted on Friday that Cutler "was making good throws from what we saw at practice." And when asked by a fan if Cutler was wincing or appeared to be feeling any pain, Weigel said, "Not at all. Seems fine." So, that's encouraging news.
Alshon Jeffery appears to be the only Bear that will miss this game, and we knew that would be the case as he recovers from a fractured hand. Expect him to miss the game against the Titans next week as well, but hopefully he can return for the Sunday night showdown against the Texans at Soldier Field in week 10.
For the Panthers, defensive end Antwan Applewhite is out, and defensive end Thomas Keiser is doubtful. Both players are backups, but it still makes the Panthers' depth at the position and issue. With that in mind, the team signed rookie defensive lineman Nate Chandler, an undrafted free agent, to the active roster from the practice squad.
H/T: Chicago Tribune
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