Here’s how the injuries look for both teams heading into the Seahawks’ 2015 home opener against Chicago:
Did not practice
CB Tharold Simon (toe) DE Michael Bennett (toe)
FS Steven Terrell (hip)
RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) QB Tavaris Jackson (ankle)
Did not practice
QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring)
LB Jay Bostic (ankle)
WR Eddie Royal (back/hip)
DT Ego Ferguson (knee)
RB Matt Forte (knee)
LB Pernell McPhee (knee)
CB Tracy Porter (hamstring)
OL Matt Slausen (knee/toe)
WR Marquess Wilson (shoulder)
Oh, da Bears. They’re banged up when they’d least prefer it. Going on the road when you’re 0-2 is one thing, but going on the road and starting your injury-prone backup QB at the most hostile environment in the NFL for your opponent’s home opener is quite another. Plus, that guy Kam decided to come to work, so the extra boost of morale will be felt everywhere. Especially on some hapless receiver’s pads when he lays that first hit. Regardless of your feelings on the Kam situation, that moment will be thunderous.
I kind of got ahead of myself there. Back to the injury front: Marshawn’s injury appears minor; he got in a limited session today after his usual day of rest Wednesday. Tharold Simon has that nagging toe injury that won’t seem to go away, and add Michael Bennett to the list of toe ailments. With no long flights to worry about tomorrow, the team should get some extra time to rest this weekend.
Matt Forte appears likely to play, but at less than 100%. Alshon Jeffery looks like he’ll miss the game, and with Eddie Royal banged up and catching passes from Jimmy Clausen, this is simply a nightmare matchup for the Bears.