Posted by Matt Clapp | 9/13/2013 04:25:00 PM | Charles Tillman, Dante Rosario, Erin Henderson, Injuries, John Sullivan, Josh Robinson, Julius Peppers, Kevin Williams, Larry Dean, Minnesota Vikings, Mistral Raymond, Phil Loadholt
Just like week one, it appears the Chicago Bears will have their entire 53-man roster healthy heading into their week two game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.
Bears defensive end Julius Peppers missed practice on Thursday with the flu, but returned to practice in limited fashion on Friday, and is listed as 'probable' on the Friday official injury report.
We told you on Wednesday how Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was limited in practice with a sore knee that day, and he went on to miss practice on Thursday. However, like Peppers, Peanut is listed as 'probable' on the injury report, and it would be a surprise if either player were unable to go on Sunday. The Bears will need these two stars to help slow down the 2012 NFL MVP, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
No other Bears players are listed on the injury report.
The Vikings have seven players listed on the injury report, but all players are listed as 'probable'. Those players are linebacker Larry Dean (shoulder), linebacker Erin Henderson (heel), Phil Loadholt (knee), safety Mistral Raymond (shoulder), cornerback Josh Robinson (quad), center John Sullivan (knee), and defensive tackle Kevin Williams (knee).
We had this to say about Williams on Wednesday:
Williams, a starter at defensive tackle for the Vikings since 2003, missed the Vikings' week one loss to the Lions with a knee injury, but is expected to be able to play on Sunday vs the Bears. The 33-year-old has long been one of the best run-stuffers in the NFL and was graded as one of Pro Football Focus' top-10 defensive tackles in 2012, so his return would be a big boost for Minnesota's defensive line.
In news that is not injury-related but is still worth noting as it impacts what players will dress on Sunday, Bears head coach Marc Trestman said on Thursday that recently acquired tight end Dante Rosario will be active on Sunday, and said "He'll (Rosario) be part of the game plan."
In week one, Rosario was inactive, as he was still learning the Bears' offense. The team chose to go with Kyle Adams as a gameday active over Rosario, and Adams was waived (again) on Monday to make room (again) for offensive tackle Jonathan Scott.
Rosario, a veteran tight end that had three touchdown receptions in 2012 for the San Diego Chargers, will give the Bears a nice pass-catching option behind Martellus Bennett at the tight end position, and give Jay Cutler another nice red-zone target.
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