After a week of rest, linebacker Khalil Mack, defensive end Akiem Hicks, safety Eddie Jackson and wide receiver Allen Robinson needed a little more on Wednesday.
The Bears’ four key starters did not practice as the Bears (3-6) began preparations for a critical game against the Ravens (6-3) on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Mack hasn’t played in the last two games due to a nagging sprained foot. Hicks injured his ankle against the Steelers on Nov. 8. Jackson suffered a hamstring injury in Game 2 of the 49ers game on Oct. 31 and did not play against the Steelers. Robinson suffered a hamstring injury on a 39-yard catch in the fourth quarter against the Steelers.
Coach Matt Nagy did not comment on their status for Sunday’s game during his press conference on Wednesday. Asked about Mack and Jackson on Monday, he said he hoped they could play against the Ravens. Hicks empties it often and could also play, even if it is less than 100%.
Elsewhere on the injury report, linebacker Danny Trevathan (knee) and alternate right tackle Elijah Wilkinson (back) did not practice. Tight end Jimmy Graham was rested. Wide receiver Darnell Mooney (foot), linebacker Alec Ogletree (ankle) and running back Damien Williams (knee) were limited.
For the Ravens, quarterback Lamar Jackson (illness) and main receiver Marquise Brown (thigh), center Bradley Bozeman (illness) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (hip) did not practice.
Jaylon Johnson’s Sorrow
Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson took advantage of the week off by starting a nonprofit, “Kevvy’s Vision Project,” to honor his late best friend, Kev’Vion Schrubb, who was shot and killed on the 8th. August near Fresno State University.
âKev had a big heart and a desire to help others, especially those in need,â Johnson said in a tweet announcing the organization.
Johnson, 22, said it was important for him to continue the legacy of his friend, who always thought of the less fortunate, including donating clothes from his clothing line to the homeless.
âI feel like when people go by it’s easy to cry for two months and then all of a sudden people forget,â Johnson said. âPeople stop sending flowers. People stop texting family and things like that. This is something I didn’t want, especially for someone I was close to.
The fine line of Mario Edwards
Defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. plays with an advantage but has a bad habit of crossing the line. Edwards has four personal foul penalties this season – two for unnecessary roughness, one for unsportsmanlike conduct and one for brutalizing the passer.
âIt’s a thin line,â said defensive line coach Chris Rumph. âYou want these guys to be aggressive. Some of these guys need to figure out how to play and control their emotions. He gets so emotional and all of a sudden a guy pushes him late and he [responds]. And he’s the second guy and he gets caught.
Rumph must have resorted to a hard love with Edwards at this point.
âJust take it out and say, ‘Hey, if you do, you can’t play,’â said Rumph. âWe’re going to have this conversation and we’ve had this conversation. You can’t hurt the team. We are all in there. I understand harshness and all that, but let’s play smart and control the emotions.
Ravens tight end Mark Andrews on the Bears: âThey have excellent defense. They will fly. They are fast, physical. It’s gonna be a dog fight. We will be ready for them, however.