Rookie second-round pick James Daniels will make his first-career start for the Bears at left guard on Sunday against the New York Jets. For the last three games, he’s been in a rotation at the position with veteran Eric Kush, often alternating drives each week.
Kush has been dealing with a stinger in his neck, and Chicago officially ruled him out of their Week 8 matchup against the Jets. Wide receiver Allen Robinson and outside linebacker Khalil Mack are both listed as questionable for the second straight week, and both were able to play last Sunday against the New England Patriots with the same injury designation.
Kush had only allowed three quarterback hurries in six games this season, according to Pro Football Focus, while Daniels has allowed three in the last two games. The rookie has been on the field for 51.6 percent of the team’s offensive snaps since cracking the rotation in Week 4.
Robinson didn’t play in the final 13 minutes of the Bears’ loss to the Patriots last week due after reaggrivating his groin injury. Mack continues to be “day-to-day” according to Matt Nagy with the ankle injury he suffered in Miami.
The two star playmakers will likely be game-time decisions as they were last week, but if their conditions haven’t worsened, they should see the field once again.