The Bears will play the Detroit Lions in Week 13's Thanksgiving game, but they'll likely be facing backup quarterback Jeff Driskel for the second time in three weeks.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is unlikely to play as he continues to recover from a back injury.
"With the fractures in Stafford's back, surgery is not considered an option," Schefter wrote. "The injuries are potentially chronic, and Stafford knows that the pain — which he has dealt with dating back to last season — could be an issue for him for years to come. But Stafford still wants to return to play this season, despite knowing the risks involved."
The Bears defeated the Driskel-led Lions, 20-13, in Week 11, but the fourth-year pro fared well against Chicago's defense. He completed 27-of-46 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added 37 yards rushing on five carries.
The Bears will look to complete the season sweep of Detroit in front of a national holiday audience in Week 13.
The Bears announced on Friday afternoon that former All-Pro safety Roosevelt "Rosey" Taylor passed away. Taylor was 82.
A two-time Pro Bowl safety with the team in the 1960s, he spent the first nine seasons of his NFL career with the Bears from 1961-1969, starting every game. He appeared in 118 games, with 108 starts and 23 interceptions.
Taylor was named first-team All-Pro in 1963 and voted to the Pro Bowl after a season that saw him have a career-best nine interceptions. In the recently published "Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook, Taylor was listed as the 56th best Bears player of all-time. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Washington.
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Bears receiver Darnell Mooney went on Bears All Access on Friday, mainly to talk about his experience as a rookie under such unique circumstances. When asked to give a scouting report on himself, Mooney used the opportunity to pitch himself as more than just a speedy vertical option:
"A guy who's going to more than give you speed," Mooney said in sharing a scouting report on himself. "He's going to give you something explosive with the ball. Everything that you could ask for that you haven't seen, you're definitely going to get that out of me.
"The all-around receiver, as you would dream of. Everybody having that all-around package. I feel like I have that."
Mooney added that he's 'never seen himself as a fast guy' (he ran a 4.38 40 at the Combine) and has been focusing more specifically on route-running since his sophomore year at Tulane. It's surely music to the Bears ears, but given the state of the Bears' passing offense in 2019, even if Mooney does have a limited route tree in Year 1, they'll take what they can get.