Da Windy City
With two of their three starting linebackers, Shea McClelling and Lance Briggs ruled out, the Chicago Bears will be severely short-handed for Sunday’s matchup against the Falcons. To further add insult to injury, both D.J Williams and Jonathan Bostic are listed on the injury report as well leaving the Bears completely vulnerable against the run. Despite Matt Ryan’s success this season (second in the league in passing yards), Atlanta may choose to make Steven Jackson the focal point of their offense on Sunday with Briggs, McClellin, and Bostic likely out.
On the other side of the ball, starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod will again be out Sunday while he continues to deal with a knee injury. It’s not all bad news however as Roberto Garza appears set to return in Atlanta. The Bears starting center remains optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday, telling reporters, “I’ve been trying to get back on the field and get it to heal as fast as possible.”
Hopefully the Bears embrace the next man up philosophy because they will need all the help they can get for Sunday’s game. Chris Conte and Jeremiah Ratliff are probable with concussions and even if Williams can play, he surely won’t be 100% with a neck injury. Young linebackers Kasheem Greene and Christian Jones will have to step it up in Atlanta if the Bears hope to get back to .500.