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Bears practice without 10 players — and that’s not counting the COVID list

The Bears’ injury crisis extends well beyond their offensive line.

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Bears safety Eddie Jackson missed practice Thursday with a knee injury.
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The Bears’ injury crisis extends well beyond their offensive line.

The team turned in its most extensive injury report of the season Wednesday, with 10 players missing practice — and two more on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Among those who sat out: safety Eddie Jackson, who hurt his knee against the Rams, and tight end Jimmy Graham, who has knee and hamstring injuries.

Backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky hurt his throwing shoulder while being tackled on his only play Sunday and did not practice. Neither did wide receiver Anthony Miller (toe), nose tackle John Jenkins (ankle) nor defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (shoulder).

Defensive veterans Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan had their customary day off.

Offensive linemen Cody Whitehair (calf) and Sam Mustipher (knee) sat out. Offensive tackle Jason Spriggs has COVID-19, and guard Germain Ifedi is in isolation after being declared a close contact.

Safety Tashaun Gipson (foot) was limited. Star edge rusher Khalil Mack, who has been bothered by back and knee injuries, was a full participant.

Bears cut Ginn

Three days after making him a healthy scratch and taking away his job as the punt returner, the Bears cut wide receiver Ted Ginn.

The Bears signed Ginn to be an offensive weapon, but he was surpassed by rookie Darnell Mooney by the end of summer camp. Ginn played only 62 offensive snaps all season — and only 18 since the end of September. He caught three passes for 40 yards this season.

He lost his return job before the Saints game, when the Bears signed and promoted Dwayne Harris. The Bears grew frustrated when Ginn let two punts drop against the Rams they believe he should’ve caught.

Other than one-year stints with the Cardinals and Bears, the 35-year-old spent three years apiece with the Dolphins, 49ers, Panthers and Saints. With New Orleans from 2017 to 2019, he caught 100 passes for 1,417 yards.

Wims’ suspension upheld

Wide receiver Javon Wims lost the appeal of his two-game suspension for throwing two punches against the Saints.

Wims’ appeal, which is afforded by the collective-bargaining agreement, was heard virtually by former player James Thrash, who is paid jointly by the NFL and the players’ union.

Wims was suspended for punching Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson during the game Sunday at Soldier Field. On Monday, NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan cited two rules — swinging at the face of an opponent and unsportsmanlike conduct — in his decision to suspend Wims.

Coach Matt Nagy wouldn’t say if the team would discipline Wims further.

“What we’re doing internally is still talking through some things,” Nagy said.

This and that

The Bears reinstated cornerback Michael Joseph from the reserve/COVID-19 list and put him back on injured reserve.

Joseph has not been inside Halas Hall since going on IR on Aug. 31.

† Six Titans didn’t practice: edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney (knee), defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons (ankle), cornerback Kareem Orr (illness), wide receiver Adam Humphries (concussion), offensive tackle Dennis Kelly (knee) and punter Brett Kern (wrist).