No real surprise after a week of not practicing, but running back Matt Forte, center Hroniss Grasu and wide receiver Eddie Royal have all been ruled out of Monday’s game at San Diego, officially placing rookie running back Jeremy Langford as the starter in the backfield of a team committed to win by running.
Forte and Royal are down because of knee injuries suffered in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Grasu injured his neck several weeks ago and missed Week 8 against the Vikings, as he was replaced by guard Matt Slauson.
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Nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan has been fully cleared under the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Linebacker Pernell McPhee, given time off during the week to rest a sore knee, is listed as questionable but fully expected to play against the Chargers. Linebacker Shea McClellin (knee) also is officially questionable. Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds and wide receiver Cameron Meredith are both probable.
My kingdom for a healthy right ankle.
After Khalil Mack hurt his ankle during the Bears' 31-28 loss to Miami last Sunday, the team will reportedly send Mack for further testing:
While we still don't know exactly what this entails, it's obviously not great news. Mack's been the leader of a defense that ranks as one of -- if not the -- NFL's best. He leads the team in sacks (5) -- for which he's also in the top-10 of all defensive players in the NFL-- and forced fumbles (4).
And who just so happens to be coming to Soldier Field next Sunday? Tom Brady! Rob Gronkowski! A Patriots team that has succeeded for YEARS on exploiting bad linebacker matchups! Terrific.
David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.
Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season.
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