The Chicago Bears are heading into a tough game against the Minnesota Vikings to wrap up their regular season, but it would appear that they will be without a few of their best players for the contest.
For the third consecutive day, a trio of Bears did not participate in practice, as safety Eddie Jackson, linebacker Aaron Lynch, and wide receiver Allen Robinson were not on the field at Halas Hall.
Jackson, who missed last week’s game against San Francisco with an ankle injury, and Lynch, who also missed the game with an elbow issue, were both listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
Robinson, who suffered a rib injury in that game, is also listed as doubtful and likely won’t be on the field Sunday.
Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, who has been limited as the Bears practice on the artificial turf at Halas Hall, was listed as questionable for the game.
The Vikings could also be without several key defensive players for the game, as linebacker Eric Kendricks was ruled out with a hamstring injury, and cornerback Xavier Rhodes was listed as questionable with a groin issue.
Cornerback Marcus Sherels was also ruled out with a foot injury for the Vikings.
If the Bears win the game, they could clinch the second seed in the NFC, along with a first round bye, with a Los Angeles Rams loss to the 49ers. A loss would not only guarantee the Vikings a playoff berth, but would also lock the Bears into the third seed, meaning that they would host a game on Wild Card Weekend.