The Bears’ final injury report, released on Friday, was just another chapter in one of the biggest stories of the 2015 season. The injury bug has simply ravaged the Bears.
Two players are listed as doubtful – center Hroniss Grasu (knee) and receiver Eddie Royal (illness) – and 10 players listed are questionable for Sunday’s game against the Lions.
Earlier this week, receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and defensive lineman Eddie Goldman (ankle) were added to injured reserve, which includes 14 players, counting rookie receiver Kevin White (shin surgery).
“You have to monitor what you do, how you do it — as far as drill work, reps [and] mixing that up — so we’ve got a few changes to the roster,” Fox said. “It’s been beneficial for us to be able to teach a couple of [the players] our systems.
“[But] we’ll see where we are. We still have all day [Saturday] and we’ll have a better idea at the conclusion of [Saturday’s] work.”
Royal played through in illness in the Bears’ win over the Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida, but he hasn’t practiced all week. Royal, who was at Halas Hall on Friday, also has missed six games this season because of injuries, including five consecutive with a sprained knee.
Grasu, the Bears’ third-round pick, injured his knee against the Bucs, but returned and finished the game. With Grasu unlikely to play, guard Matt Slauson will slide over to center.
Grasu has made eight starts after veteran Will Montgomery was placed on IR with a broken leg, but the rookie also missed three games because of a neck injury.
The following players were listed as questionable for Sunday: linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion), outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee), outside linebacker Willie Young (ribs), safety Adrian Amos (shoulder), cornerback Tracy Porter (ankle), tight end Zach Miller (toe), running back Matt Forte (back), defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (ankle/illness), defensive end Mitch Unrein (knee) and cornerback Bryce Callahan (quadriceps).
Count him in
Jenkins, meanwhile, doesn’t plan on sitting out against the Lions. He said he’s feeling better after being “a little a bit under weather” and that his right ankle shouldn’t hold him back.
“The main thing is I want to be out with my brothers every game,” Jenkins said. “There’s a lot of games where I’ve been banged up out there and sick. But you fight through it for guys you want to play with. That’s another thing I’m going to do this Sunday, man.”
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (foot), running back Ameer Abdullah (shoulder), safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (shoulder), cornerback Nevin Lawson (shoulder) and offensive tackle Michael Ola (knee) are expected to play, despite being listed as questionable.
Center Travis Swanson, who has started 14 games in his season second, was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
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