Much like their early season success on the football field in number of games won, the Bears successfully avoided a lot of injuries. That is no longer the case with this team facing a rash of injuries with three games left to play in the regular season.
In total the Bears have 14 players listed on the injury report for the game against the Packers. 11 of those player did not participate in practice today, a walk-through practice because the Bears couldn't hold a full practice.
Quarterback Jay Cutler suffered whip lash in the game against the Vikings and will be battling a sore neck all week. Cutler stated he's likely to play against the Packers, but he'll likely be in pain.
Running back Michael Bush injured his ribs in the game against the Seahawks missed a lot of practice leading up to the Vikings game, took one carry against the Vikings, aggravated the injury and didn't play the rest of the game.
Defensive Tackles Stephen Paea and Henry Melton are both battling injuries, Paea a foot and shoulder injury and Melton with a chest injury problem. As insurance the Bears went out and signed Amobi Okoye to a one year deal for his third stint with the team.
Elsewhere both starting cornerbacks are battling injuries, Charles Tillman was a full participant in practice with a shoulder injury so he should play. Tim Jennings on the other hand is still in doubt battling back from a dislocated shoulder.
Linebackers Lance Briggs and Geno Hayes were also held out of practice today, with Briggs battling hip and knee problems. Hayes who just took over at the strong side linebacker spot with Brian Urlacher out with a hamstring appears on the report with a knee problem.
Chris Spencer and Jonathan Scott are both battling injuries along the offensive line though Spencer practiced and Scott did not today.
I'm sure most of these players will be ready to go in time for the Packers game, but it goes to show just how lucky the Bears were at the start of the season and just how tested their depth will be now.
The Packers as well are dealing with a bunch of injuries with 10 players on the injury report. Charles Woodson was already ruled out for the game while linebacker Clay Matthews is expected to return. Also in doubt for the game is wide receiver Jordy Nelson.