4 major Chicago Bears injuries following blowout loss to Jets
Last week the Chicago Bears played without Dane Cruikshank, who missed the game with a hamstring injury. The team had been good about holding players back and not letting injuries reoccur.
However, after seeing Cruikshank practice a full week, they appeared comfortable to let him play a week removed from the injury. Cruikshank suited up, but it was not long until he was down with a hamstring injury.
Hamstrings are tricky, and there is really nothing you can do but rest them when they get like that. Considering it was already a bit tender when Cruikshank pushed to return, it may be a more serious hamstring injury than the first time around.
On defense, this makes them a lot thinner in the secondary. Jaquan Brisker was already out and Eddie Jackson joined them later. This left the team with just Elijah Hicks and DeAndre Houston-Carson.
Brisker should be back next week, but they may need to call up a safety from the practice squad to finish out the year. On special teams, the Bears are losing one of their best. On the flip side, his injury has given Velus Jones a huge role on special teams. He is now a four-phase player, who covers kicks and punts.
This will likely continue with Cruikshank out, and maybe Jones will settle into this role and become a future role player.