The Chicago Bears defense will try to slow down Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson — provided he’s healthy — without at least two key players at Soldier Field on Sunday.
The Bears placed outside linebacker Khalil Mack on injured reserve on Friday, and he will undergo season-ending surgery on his left leg this week. Defensive lineman Akim Hicks will also be ruled out of the game due to an ankle injury.
And safety Eddie Jackson, who was limited in practice due to a hamstring injury, is doubtful to play.
That could make it even more difficult to stop Jackson – if he plays. Jackson missed the Ravens’ practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an illness but returned on Friday. He is listed as a suspect for the game, and ESPN reported on Saturday night that he would play “50-50”.
Jackson has completed 199 of 309 passes (64.4%) for 2,447 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and rushed for 639 yards and two scores.
“When you have an important player like Khaleel (going out), influence affects you more, doesn’t it?” Coach Matt Nagy said. “But for the most part, we have a bunch of people who are fighters, that’s fighting, and you’ve felt like that all week.”
Meanwhile, Bears quarterback Justin Fields will look to build on his season-best performance in Week 9, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Bears’ offense could have happened without wide receiver Alan Robinson, who was listed as a suspect with a hamstring injury.
“It’s really hard to replace someone like A-Rob,” said wide receiver Marquis Goodwin. “Just a great talent. Great leader. Great person overall. All we can do is let us know our assignments and play when the ball comes to us, just like he does.”
Along with Hicks, Jackson and Robinson, offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson was listed in the Bears injury report with a back issue. His play is doubtful.
The Bears also declared that Damien Williams’ play is doubtful due to a calf injury.
The Ravens had a long list of players on the injury report, including nose tackle Brandon Williams (shoulder), outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee) and wide receiver Miles Boykin (finger), and all were declared out. has gone.
The Ravens also declared wide receiver Marquis Brown with a thigh injury.
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