If you've paid any attention to the Chicago Bears this season, you know exactly how much injuries have ruined what could have been a truly special season. It all started with starting quarterback Jay Cutler having a season-ending thumb injury, and things only got worse a couple weeks later with the news that star running back Matt Forte would be missing the remainder of the season, too.
All one needs to do is look at the Bears' official injury report for Wednesday's practices to get a grasp of the situation. Chicago is facing the Green Bay Packers this weekend, but the team will likely be a fraction of itself as it tries to end a four-game losing streak. The official report can be found here, but it's shown below:
- QB Jay Cutler
- RB Matt Forte
- RB Marion Barber
- WR Devin Hester
- LB Lance Briggs
- DE Julius Peppers
- TE Kellen Davis
- DL Henry Melton
That list almost reads out like the players that the Bears need to win each week. You're looking at their starting quarterback, starting running back, back-up running back, starting linebacker, starting defensive end and arguably the best kick returner in the history of the game. None of those players participated on Wednesday, making it unclear which ones will be able to play against Green Bay. Forte and Cutler are sure to be out, so the Bears are going to need all of the help that they can get.
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