The Bears didn't practice on Wednesday at Halas Hall as Lovie Smith opted to give the team an extra day of rest... and that's probably because over 20% of the roster would've been held out of practice anyway.

And keep in mind that on Wednesday, the Bears placed kicker Robbie Gould, safety Craig Steltz, and cornerback Sherrick McManis on Injured Reserve. So include them, and we're talking about 14 players that are dealing with injuries since the Vikings game on Sunday. Yikes.

The most important of the injuries we're monitoring is of course Jay Cutler's, which has been described as "whiplash". I've still been skeptical about the Bears' claim that whiplash is the only injury Cutler's dealing with, as that certainly looked like a concussion-inducing hit he took when it happened. But, the Bears' quarterback says he feels good and will be able to play on Sunday:
As for other Bears dealing with injuries, we can assume middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is out, as he was expected to miss at least three games with a grade 2 hamstring strain. Cornerback Tim Jennings separated his shoulder in week 13, and his hope was to be able to return for this week, but we should consider him very questionable to play at the moment. Wide receiver Earl Bennett suffered a concussion in week 13, and he'll have to get medically clearance from a neurologist in order to play Sunday, so consider him very questionable as well. We'll learn more about the other injuries in the next day or two.

But while the Bears have several players banged up, they can't use injuries as an excuse this week, as the Packers also could be without some key players. And on Wednesday, we learned of at least one Packers star that will be out for sure, and another one that is unlikely to play.

Woodson broke his collarbone in October, and had hoped to return for this game, but decided it was best for him to stay out of game action for at least one more week. The 36-year-old safety had an interception and five tackles when these teams met in week two at Lambeau Field.

Nelson has a hamstring injury, and his absence would be a big break for the Bears. The 6'3" wide receiver had 15 touchdowns in 2011, and is probably the Packers' best receiver, but Greg Jennings and Randall Cobb are no slouches themselves. Even if Nelson's out, the Bears are going to have their hands full trying to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' passing attack.

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