The Chicago Bears are looking to get to the .500 mark this weekend when they take on the New Orleans Saints, but the team is hoping to get healthier before that game takes place.
On Wednesday afternoon, five different players were out of practice for the Bears, including offensive lineman Kyle Long, who took a maintenance day for his ankle. Long, who missed the first few games of the season, has had a solid campaign since he returned, but the team is still taking it easy on him during workouts.
Three defensive players were also out of action on Wednesday, including cornerback Sherrick McManis and lineman Roy Robertson-Harris, who were both sidelined with hamstring ailments. Linebacker John Timu was also off the field at Halas Hall as he deals with an ankle issue and a knee injury.
Finally, Markus Wheaton, the seemingly oft-injured wide receiver, was out of practice with a groin injury.
Four Bears were also limited in the workout, including running back Benny Cunningham (hamstring) and offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu (hand). Mitch Unrein (quad) and Bryce Callahan (neck) were also limited on the Bears’ first injury report of the week.
For the Saints, a key contributor to their offense was held out of practice, as wide receiver Michael Thomas was sidelined with a knee issue. Lineman Terron Armstead (shoulder) and guard Larry Warford (abdomen) also missed practice.