MINNEAPOLIS — As expected, outside linebacker Khalil Mack and tight end Jimmy Graham will play against the Vikings.
Both players were listed as questionable for the game. Mack had a shoulder injury and Graham a hip problem.
Mack is coming off perhaps his best game of the year. Last week, he sacked Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson for a safety and forced running back Duke Johnson to fumble, only to recover the ball himself.
The Bears ruled out three players earlier this week: slot cornerback Buster Skrine, who is still in concussion protocol two weeks after getting hurt; starting cornerback Jaylon Johnson, who hurt his shoulder against the Texans; and backup safety Deon Bush, who has a foot injury. None of the three flew with the Bears to Minnesota on Saturday.
The Bears figure to play Duke Shelley at slot corner and rookie Kindle Vildor at outsider cornerback. They promoted Xavier Crawford to the active roster as insurance for their defensive backfield.
Beside the three players already ruled out, the Bears made running back Artavis Pierce and offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons inavtive.