Bears’ Darnell Mooney, Bucs’ Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette to play
As expected, Darnell Mooney, the rookie who’s quickly become the Bears’ No. 2 receiver, will play Thursday night against the Buccaneers.
As expected, Darnell Mooney, the rookie who’s quickly become the Bears’ No. 2 receiver, will play Thursday night against the Buccaneers. He was listed as questionable on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, but participated in practice all week.
Two Bears safeties will miss out on the prime-time game: Sherrick McManis and Deon Bush are out with hamstring injuries.
The Buccaneers’ inactive list, though, is far more notable. Running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Mike Evans will play after each appeared on the injury report this week. Fournette had been doubtful and Evans questionable; both have ankle injuries.
The Bucs ruled out receiver Chris Godwin, running back LeSean McCoy and receiver Justin Watson on Wednesday.
The Bears’ healthy scratches include guard Arlington Hambright, nose tackle Daniel McCullers, receiver Riley Ridley and outside linebacker Trevis Gipson.
Bush hurt his hamstring covering a punt Sunday. McManis will sit out his second-straight game.