Brandon Marshall and Jared Allen Questionable as 4 Starters Declared Out


Sep 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) is injured during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears will be limping into their game against the Green Bay Packers with 4 starters already declared out and key starters Brandon Marshall and Jared Allen listed as questionable.  It’s not an ideal situation for the Bears, who hope to extend their winning streak to three games after a pair of unlikely coast-to-coast prime time road wins.

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Marshall has been nagged by a bad ankle since the Bears season opening loss to the Buffalo Bills.  He’s taken up residence on the Questionable portion of the Bears injury report since, but has started the two games anyway.  He’s had mixed results suiting up, scoring three touchdowns in the Week 2 win over the 49ers while only hauling in one catch in last week’s win over the Jets.  Marshall hasn’t missed a game since 2010.

The good news for the Bears receiving game is that Alshon Jeffery and his touchy hamstring have been getting better each week.  Josh Morgan and Santonio Holmes have been getting more reps with Jay Cutler in practice, so if called to action they should at least have some timing worked out.

Sep 14, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) escapes the grasp of Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen (69) in the second half at Levis Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

On the defensive side, Jared Allen has missed practice all week with an illness.  Allen has played in 113 straight games dating back to 2007 when he missed 2 games due to suspension.  He’s been off to a slow start with the Bears and many fans were hoping to see Allen have a breakout game against the Packers.  Allen has 16 career sacks against the Packers, most of any other team in the league.

The Bears will already be without a pair of defensive starters as Jeremiah Ratliff still hasn’t passed his concussion protocol while Shea McClellin will miss another game as he recovers from surgery to repair his broken hand.  On the offensive side, Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson will continue to miss time with their matching high ankle sprains.