We already know the Chicago Bears will be without quarterback Jay Cutler, linebacker Lance Briggs, and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff for the team's game on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field (and don't forget that they just placed cornerback Charles Tillman on Injured Reserve).
And it appears the Bears could be missing a few other key players for the game as well.
Defensive end Shea McClellin (hamstring) and longsnapper Patrick Mannelly (calf) are listed as 'doubtful' to play in the game, while tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle) is listed as 'questionable', and right tackle Jordan Mills (quad) is listed as 'probable'.
McClellin and Mannelly each missed the Bears' game this past Sunday against the Detroit Lions, and neither player participated in practice this week. So, they should be considered very doubtful to suit up for this one.
Bennett didn't participate in practice on Thursday, but was able to participate in limited fashion on Friday. The Bears are hopeful their highly productive tight end will be able to play in Sunday's game:
“He (Bennett) worked probably 50 percent of the practice,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “We were trying to be smart with him, but he got work in today and did well. Hopefully with 48 hours (until kickoff on Sunday) he’ll feel even better. But we got some execution done with him, so it was good.”Source: ESPN Chicago
For the Ravens, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee), linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh), cornerback Ladarius Webb (groin), safety James Ihedigbo (toe), wide receiver Marlon Brown (knee), and cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) are all listed as 'questionable'. So, the Ravens may be without some key players just like the Bears will be for this game.
Here's more on the statuses of those Ravens players:
Nose tackle Haloti Ngata is the Baltimore Ravens' biggest injury concern heading into Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
Ngata is listed as questionable after missing every practice this week. This could be a situation in which the Ravens are simply resting him because he injured his right knee early in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals and returned to play.
He is one of five defensive starters who are listed as questionable on the injury report. But cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (groin) and linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) both returned to practice Friday after sitting out two days. Cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) and safety James Ihedigbo (toe) have been limited all week but both played with their injuries last Sunday.
Wide receiver Marlon Brown (knee) was added to the injury report as questionable after not practicing Friday. He's been dealing with a knee injury recently.Source: ESPN
The Ravens also list linebacker Terrell Suggs (neck), defensive end Chris Canty (knee), running back Bernard Pierce (toe, knee), and wide receiver Brandon Stokley (thigh) as 'probable'.
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