A report from Adam Schefter states that Allen Robinson will not play vs the New York Jets.
If the Chicago Bears want to be considered a playoff team, a win on Sunday vs the New York Jets is a must. Not that losing to the Jets will eliminate their chances to make the playoffs, but it’ll certainly make them more difficult.
The Bears injury report has been fuller than it has been all season, and not just names like Marcus Cooper and Eric Kush. The Bears have been dealing with nursing Allen Robinson and Khalil Mack through injuries and the reports right now aren’t great.
Adam Schefter sent out a series of updated injury reports on Saturday night (as he usually does) and he sent out two tweets regarding the Chicago Bears, specifically about Robinson and Mack.
The first tweet he sent was about Robinson:
According to Schefter, Robinson is out. When Schefter tweets, his word is law. He hits about 99.9% with his news, so this might as well be from the Chicago Bears themselves. With Robinson out, expect heavy usage for Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton in the passing game. Anthony Miller will also get several more looks from Mitch Trubisky.
In his place, expect rookie Javon Wims to see more snaps on offense. The name to watch, though, will be Kevin White. White caught two balls last week against the New England Patriots, so he should see snaps versus the Jets and he should see a few targets as well.
Schefter’s next tweet was regarding Mack:
If Mack can’t go, then the Bears have to keep him on the bench. However, if Mack can go, the buzz that has been circulating around Bears’ Twitter this week that the team should rest him are ludicrous. Even 20 snaps of a hobbled Mack are better than nothing. When Mack is on the field, offenses won’t ignore him or treat him like a pedestrian defender.
If Mack is on the field, even with a sprained ankle, he still will draw focus and extra blockers from the offense. His presence cannot be understated. Hopefully Mack can go because his importance to this defense is obvious.
The Jets are dealing with several injuries as well. Hopefully the Bears don’t start competing with them for the title of most key players ruled out. Sunday’s game is too critical for the Bears to lose due to a mounting injury report.