The Chicago Bears released their 2017 injury report on Monday, and while it was the most comprehensive injury report released by the team since the 2014 season, it does not contain much new information regarding the injury situation on the roster.
The Bears have a whopping 23 players on the 53-man roster, but as is typical of a team with a high turnover rate, the team had to bring on a number of players due to injuries.
There were only six players who played fewer than three games, and three of those players played a total of seven games.
The team had just eight players on injured reserve, but only four of those injured players have been on the field all season, and none of them played more than one game.
There is only one player on injured practice squad who was active in the game and all four others have been out of the lineup for the season.
The Bears also lost four of their top five defensive ends, with three players, including top linebacker Jonathan Bullard, sidelined with injuries.
Bullard, Bullard II and Bullard III have all been inactive for the Bears, and two of them (Deandre Jackson and Dezmen Southward) were also in the lineup against the New York Giants.
Jackson has a torn ACL, and Southward has a sprained ankle.
Bullards absence has put more pressure on the defensive line, as it is the most heavily used unit of the entire roster.
Bulls defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, the Bears most consistent player, was suspended for the entire season for violating team policy.
He is expected to return to the team soon after his suspension ends.
Bulls defensive end Akiem Haley, the second-leading tackler in the league this season, missed the first four games with a shoulder injury, and has not practiced in a month.
It is unclear how Haley will be able to return for the final five games of the season, but he did practice on Saturday.
Haley is expected back by Week 5.
In addition to Hicks and Haley, defensive end Jelani Jenkins, linebacker Jordan Hill and cornerback Josh Shaw have all missed time due to injury.
All four of these players were also on injured reserves.
The defensive line has had to deal with a lot of injuries this season.
Defensive end Akiems Hicks suffered a torn MCL in his left knee against the Giants, and the Bears have to hope Hicks returns soon after that.
The offensive line has been a major question mark this season with the departure of right tackle Jermon Bushrod, who left the team before the season after just one year in the system.
Bushrod was the team’s starter last season, so it was no surprise that he was not able to stay on the team after he tore his ACL in training camp.
The lack of depth on the offensive line and the depth on defense have led to an overall lack of offensive production for the team, which has dropped to 5-11 on the season and 5-14 in the NFC North.
The most obvious problem is the fact that the Bears offensive line is a mess.
The offensive line play in a pass-happy system, which means that the team often has to be creative in the run game to get their offensive linemen the best opportunity to make plays.
While the Bears did find success with running the ball on their first two possessions against the Eagles and Lions, the lack of creative play and pass protection have limited the success of the offense on those plays.
The team has struggled to score on third down, which is also the number one problem on the Bears’ offense, and even when they do get to the end zone, it is rarely scored.
The defense has also struggled with the run, as the Bears are just one of the league’s worst defenses at stopping the run.
The unit allowed just five touchdowns on the ground last season and just seven on the run against the Lions, and it is hard to believe that the defense was as good as it was in 2017.
The defensive line was the worst unit in the NFL in run defense, allowing a league-worst 2.4 yards per carry.
It will be interesting to see if the Bears can turn things around at the defensive end position, which was supposed to be the strength of the defense last season.
It is difficult to predict the future for the defensive front.
The entire unit struggled last season due to a number a injuries, and that has been the case again this season as well.
The linebacking corps has not been the strength it was last year, and most of the starters have been replaced with rookies.
The linebackers are the only two players to have played more snaps than the rest of the linebacking group.
The linebackers are currently the only defensive position group in the entire league with a sub-3.0 sack percentage, and they have been forced to rely on more pass rush and coverage on offense, which have both been struggles in the past.
With that in mind, the