The 2-5 Chicago Bears will play the 2-4 Los Angeles Chargers in Week 8 at SoFi Stadium. Here’s what you need to know:
Bears safety Eddie Jackson is active for Sunday night’s game against the Chargers after missing more than four games with a foot injury.
Jackson injured his foot in Week 2. He tried to play against the Vikings on Oct. 15 but said he “knew it wasn’t ready for his return.” His recovery progressed this week and he trained fully on Friday.
However, the Bears will be missing a key piece of their secondary.
On Saturday, safety Jaquan Brisker was eliminated after missing practice all week due to illness. Coach Matt Eberflus said Brisker returned to Halas Hall on Friday, but the Bears wanted to see how he felt before announcing his status.
The Bears announced Sunday morning that center Lucas Patrick was questionable to play due to a back injury. But he is active for the game.
Quarterback Justin Fields (thumb), right guard Nate Davis (ankle) and cornerback Terell Smith (mononucleosis) were out Friday. Defensive end Dominique Robinson is a healthy player after the Bears recalled defensive end Khalid Kareem from injured reserve this week.
The Chargers have tight end Gerald Everett, safety Jaylinn Hawkins, running back Elijah Dotson, offensive lineman Zack Bailey, wide receiver Alex Erickson and defensive lineman Christopher Hinton inactive.
“The most important thing I learned is that the margin for error is much smaller.”
Every week of Darnell Wright’s rookie season, social media examined how the Chicago Bears’ first-round pick was doing – clips of him Plow a path in the running game with his athleticism, holding his own to give quarterback Justin Fields time, and, yes, getting beat by experienced pass rushers.
But the film of Wright’s performance against the Las Vegas Raiders and two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Maxx Crosby on Sunday was unusual. For several plays in the Bears’ 30-12 win, it looked like Wright was keeping Crosby away from backup quarterback Tyson Bagent with the use of only his right arm.
Wright battled a left shoulder injury in practice last week, and coach Matt Eberflus said he pushed through the pain to help a Bears offensive line that paved the way for 173 rushing yards and allowed just one sack of Bagent. Eberflus praised Wright for “getting it done,” even if it didn’t look pretty at times.
It’s worth keeping a close eye on Wright’s status this week as the Bears prepare for Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa will try to hunt Bagent, who is expected to make his second start instead of Fields. Read more here.
Bears quarterback Tyson Bagent completed 21 of 29 pass attempts for 162 yards and a touchdown and posted a 97.2 passer rating in his first NFL start last week. He also had three carries for 24 yards. Bagent averaged 7.7 yards per completion and did not attempt a pass that went more than 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, but still led the Bears to a resounding victory.
Of the last 10 quarterbacks to make their first NFL start with the Bears – Bagent, Justin Fields, Mitch Trubisky, Matt Barkley, Caleb Hanie, Kyle Orton, Craig Krenzel, Rex Grossman, Henry Burris and Shane Matthews – Bagent’s first start is Ranking second and his overall mileage fifth. Read more here.
Cook County Commissioner Monica Gordon is encouraging the Bears to consider Country Club Hills, throwing out what her office calls a “Hail Mary pass” to encourage the team to consider the south suburb pull.
Gordon said in a news release Tuesday that she and Country Club Hills Mayor James Ford “encourage the team to view the south suburbs as an opportunity to have a positive economic impact on a part of the Chicagoland area that is all too is often ignored.”
“We’re in the dark here,” Ford said. Read more here.
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