November 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) runs with the ball against Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) and outside linebacker Lance Briggs (55) during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
The Bears released their first injury report for Week 13’s matchup with the Seattle Seahawks and it’s a little concerning to say the least.
Did Not Participate
Lance Briggs (Ankle)
Charles Tillman (Ankle)
Kellen Davis (Ankle)
Chris Spencer (Knee)
Alshon Jeffery (Knee)
Devin Hester (Concussion)
Matt Forte (Ankle)
Stephen Paea (Shoulder)
Edwin Williams (Shoulder)
It’s good to see Forte participating if even on a limited basis. With the Seahawks’ Adderall twins Browner and Sherman expected to play this week while they appeal their 4-game suspension, the Bears will need to put a little more emphasis on the ground game.
The offensive line is still pretty banged up, with the loss of Lance Louis and Chris Spencer not able to go. It’s looking like Gabe Carimi could continue on the Chris Williams plan of moving from tackle to guard if Spencer can’t go. The Bears signed Andre Gurode, but he has been on the street, so it’s unlikely he’s ready to roll. The Bears also elevated G/T James Brown from the practice squad, so he could be pressed into action.
On the other side of the ball, it’s a concern if the Bears defense is without Tillman and Briggs. While the Seahawks have struggled on the road this season, the Bears can ill afford to be without two of their key defenders.
In my opinion, both Tillman and Briggs will go against the Seahawks. Lovie will usually hold guys back on Wednesday and even Thursday but if they can practice by Friday, they’ll be good to go. For these veterans, they could step in without any practice and be ready to go.
It’s been reported that Tillman has a chipped bone in his foot, so it will be a pain tolerance concern more than anything. Briggs finished the game against the Vikings, so his injury shouldn’t be too severe either.
Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.