The Chicago Bears will try to improve their 2013 record to 2-0, while the Minnesota Vikings will look to avoid an 0-2 start, when the teams meet for an NFC North clash on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Last week, the Bears were the only team in the NFL to not have a player listed on the injury report. And barring a change to the team's health on Thursday and Friday, it doesn't appear that there will be any players listed worse than "Probable" on the Bears' official injury report that will be released Friday afternoon.
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was limited in practice with a sore knee on Wednesday, but the team's head coach, Marc Trestman, says that he expects the star cornerback to be able to go on Sunday:
LM: Trestman says he expects Charles Tillman to play Sunday; Tillman was limited in practice with sore knee.Peanut had a wild afternoon in the Bears' 24-21 victory over the Bengals in week one. He had two diving interceptions, but also gave up some big plays (as well as getting flagged for pass interference in the end zone) to Bengals star receiver AJ Green, who finished with nine receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Oh, and Peanut also left the first half of that game with dehydration (after making those two interceptions), and was seen vomiting on the sidelines twice, before returning to action in the second half. Hopefully his knee heals up and he'll be able to get through the Vikings game without any health issues.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 11, 2013
No other Bears player was listed with an injury on the team's Wednesday report.
For the Vikings, offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (knee), cornerback Josh Robinson (quad), center John Sullivan (knee), and defensive tackle Kevin Williams (knee) were all limited participants in Minnesota's Wednesday practice.
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.
Here's what Williams had to say on Wednesday about how his status for week two is looking:
"Uh, talk to me tomorrow, hopefully won't be too sore tomorrow because I hadn't done anything in a couple of weeks and we'll go from there," Williams said when asked if he has any question about being ready for Sunday. "That's pretty much the key. We did a little bit of work today, got the chance to move around. If no residual going on tomorrow, that's always positive and we work on Friday then."Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier added this on Williams:
"Kevin is so important to us that his absence, it makes a difference," coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday. "He's one of the best to ever play the game at his position. So, anytime you don't have him, not only from a performance standpoint but a leadership standpoint as well, it's going to affect your team. They did run the ball effectively against us. Having Kevin, I think it would have helped us, for sure. Glad to have him back. Hopefully everything will go fine this week and we'll have him on Sunday as well."The Vikings also listed linebacker Larry Dean (shoulder), linebacker Erin Henderson (heel), safety Mistral Raymond (shoulder), and safety Jamarca Sanford (shoulder) as full participants in practice.
Vikings injury quotes via Fox Sports North
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