The 2-7 Chicago Bears will play the 1-7 Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field in a Week 10 matchup. Here’s what it is advisable know earlier than kickoff (7:15 p.m., Prime Video, Fox-32).
Bears cornerback Tyrique Stevenson is lively for Thursday night time’s sport towards the Panthers at Soldier Field.
The Bears introduced Thursday afternoon that Stevenson was questionable to play as he recovers from an ankle damage that pushed him out within the second half of Sunday’s sport towards the New Orleans Saints.
But Stevenson is lively, and if he performs, the Bears might have their full beginning secondary along with the return of security Jaquan Brisker from a concussion.
The Bears beforehand declared out linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (knee), proper guard Nate Davis (ankle), fullback Khari Blasingame (concussion) and cornerback Terell Smith (mononucleosis).
Quarterback Justin Fields, who was listed as uncertain as he recovers from a proper thumb damage, is also inactive. Rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent will make his fourth straight begin in Fields’ place.
Wide receiver and kick returner Velus Jones Jr. is a notable wholesome scratch after a number of errors have piled up over the primary half of the season. The Bears activated broad receiver Equanimeous St. Brown from injured reserve Thursday, paving the best way for Jones’ absence.
Defensive finish Dominique Robinson is also a wholesome scratch.
Along with St. Brown, the Bears activated defensive again Josh Blackwell from IR. They didn’t activate working again Khalil Herbert, whom they designated to return from IR earlier this week. The Bears have 21 days from the time of designation to activate Herbert.
For the Panthers, exterior linebacker Brian Burns (concussion), cornerback CJ Henderson (concussion), tight finish Stephen Sullivan (shoulder), broad receivers Laviska Shenault Jr. (ankle) and DJ Chark Jr. (elbow) and offensive lineman Nash Jensen are inactive.
Still time to show he’s the QB of the long run?
Perhaps if the Bears weren’t within the Thursday night time nationwide tv slot for the second time in 5 weeks, Justin Fields would have been in a position to give it a go towards the Panthers.
But coach Matt Eberflus introduced undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent will make his fourth consecutive begin, saying Fields isn’t medically cleared to return from a dislocated proper thumb after one other restricted observe session Wednesday.
It’s a strong wager Fields will return for the Nov. 19 NFC North sport at Ford Field towards the Lions. At that time seven video games will stay in a season that started with intense deal with whether or not the previous first-round choose is certainly the franchise’s quarterback of the long run.
It’s trying more and more unlikely the Bears will journey with Fields into 2024 and past, and it’s unlucky the thumb damage has value him a month to supply proof on the contrary. Read extra right here.
Brisker able to ‘fly around’ on protection
Jaquan Brisker was pushing to return from a concussion, his second in two seasons, Sunday in New Orleans however stated the Bears and the docs concerned needed to err on the facet of warning.
Now, after lacking two video games, the sturdy security is ready to begin tonight. It will present a glimpse of the protection we haven’t seen a lot this season.
Brisker and free security Eddie Jackson have been on the sector collectively for what quantities to about 1 1/2 video games this season — the opener towards the Green Bay Packers and small parts of the Week 2 loss at Tampa Bay and the Week 6 loss to the Vikings. That’s it.
With the secondary rounding again into form, the Bears need to hope they’ll change a problematic development. Read extra right here.
QBs can cry in the event that they need to
Quarterback Caleb Williams — a previous Heisman Trophy winner and projected 2024 NFL draft first-round choose — handed for 312 yards and three touchdowns for USC in a 52-42 loss to Washington.
He was strip-sacked late within the second quarter and three performs later, the Huskies went up 35-28 earlier than the half. It was the fifth time within the final six video games the Trojans protection gave up no less than 40 factors.
After the sport, Williams, 21, was proven sitting on a railing within the stands and embracing his mom together with his face lined by a poster. He was visibly overcome by emotion, probably from the frustration of seeing his convention championship hopes dissipate regardless of his personal finest efforts. As he cried in his mom’s arms, the nationwide broadcast cameras stayed there for a minute as ABC announcers Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, in tones appropriate for the state of affairs, supplied context to what Williams could possibly be feeling. Read extra right here.
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