What does Chicago Bears current depth chart look like?

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The Chicago Bears have had players in and out due to COVID protocols, changes to the protocols, and of course the typical injury damage that comes on a Week 15 report. With that in mind, it may be a good time to refresh where the depth chart stands as they head into the Minnesota Vikings game.

Remember, this is being published Sunday morning, and in this COVID world, things seem to be changing on the fly.

Chicago Bears quarterback

Justin Fields is the starter and Nick Foles will be the backup. Andy Dalton is on the COVID list, which likely means he is out, although we do not know his vaccination status.

Chicago Bears running back

Ryan Nall is on the COVID list, and when Khalil Herbert and David Montgomery missed time due to an illness, there was a fear that he may have passed it on. However, the two practiced in full and should be joining Damien Williams in a healthy backfield.

Chicago Bears wide receivers

Allen Robinson is on the COVID list so he is trending towards out. The same can be said for Marquise Goodwin, although he has a foot issue. Jakeem Grant missed time with an illness but did return Saturday so he should be fine.

That would mean you will see Darnell Mooney and Damiere Byrd on the outside with Grant in the slot. They are thin on depth with the two others out, though.

Chicago Bears tight ends

Jesse James, who passed Jimmy Graham on the depth chart is on the COVID list. That means third-string Graham is up to number two, and the team does have depth with Jesper Horsted.

Chicago Bears offensive line

We thought this would be the first week we could possibly see Larry Borom and Teven Jenkins together as the swing tackles with a week of practice, but that was not the case. Borom is on the COVID list, so even if they can get him back, he has had no practice.

Jason Peters is out, and while James Daniels did miss practice with an illness, he is going to play. So, the interior will be the same, and the return of Elijah Wilkinson will come at right tackle, with Jenkins at left.

Chicago Bears Defensive Line

Sam Kamara and Mario Edwards are on the COVID list, leaving a group without depth after they are already missing star power. Khyiris Tonga is doubtful, and while Akiem Hicks is practicing, he is questionable. We should know by now that even if Hicks plays, there is a chance of re-injury.

Still, they will have a healthy Eddie Goldman, so he will join Angelo Blackson and Bilal Nichols on the interior. Trevis Gipson, Robert Quinn, and Bruce Irvin should be the only edges getting snaps.

Chicago Bears linebackers

Roquan Smith is questionable which would put a huge dent in the Bears roster. He was listed in full so he is trending to playing, but it is a hamstring, so fans should expect a game-time decision. Joel Iyiegbuniwe is out with COVID too, so it leaves Christian Jones next to Alec Ogletree with Caleb Johnson as the only depth.

Chicago Bears secondary

Eddie Jackson, Artie Burns, and Duke Shelley are on the COVID list. Xavier Crawford is out after his scary collision with Jackson last week, and the team lost DeAndre Houston-Carson, potentially for the rest of the season.

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This leaves Jaylon Johnson to man every spot. I kid. He will take the outside, and Kindle Vildor will likely be thrown back on the field after being benched for Burns. Fans will say that Thomas Graham should be called up, and he may, but Crawford and Shelley being out means that Graham may be best served in the slot.

Tashaun Gipson would then join Deon Bush as safeties with Jalen Tabor and Marqui Christian as the potential dime backers.