A handful of key Titans returned to practice on Friday, while several other key players remain questionable or have been ruled out altogether. On the opponent’s side, the Bears continue to deal with a mini-COVID outbreak…
Dennis Kelly, A.J. Brown and Jeffery Simmons all returned to practice in some capacity after being absent on Thursday.
Adoree Jackson missed practice once again as he continues to work back from his preseason knee injury. I wouldn’t bet on him being active this weekend.
The Titans are going to have a bit of a makeshift secondary in this one. Tye Smith did not practice on Friday and is questionable, but Friday absences are usually a bad sign. With Jackson and Smith likely to miss this game and Kristian Fulton still on IR, we may see a lot of Breon Borders, Kareem Orr and Chris Jackson. Hopefully the newly-acquired Desmond King is ready to roll.
Jadeveon Clowney remained on the sidelines for the third straight day. He appears to be truly questionable heading into Sunday. There’s some concern regarding Clowney’s status, been Mike Vrabel did offer a glimmer of hope when he labeled the last few days off as “rest days” for Clowney.
Adam Humphries and Brett Kern have been ruled OUT for Sunday. The Titans will have to sign a punter before then.
Chicago has been dealing with a COVID outbreak. They placed starting OL Cody Whitehair on the reserve/COVID list today. He’s officially OUT for Sunday. Whitehair is their starting center and a very good player. It’s a big loss for an already struggling unit.
We went into more detail on the Bears’ offensive line issues in Wednesday’s report (read that here if you missed it).
DT John Jenkins, OL Sam Mustipher, DE Ray Robertson-Harris and QB Mitchell Trubisky have also been ruled OUT. Stud DB Eddie Jackson was a limited participant for the second day in a row but carries no injury designation; he will play.
Both teams are fairly banged up heading into this contest.