There were so many players banged up that Lovie Smith had to bring a list with him to the podium on Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago Bears worked over the Minnesota Vikings 28-10 at Soldier Field to snap a two-game losing streak, but they paid a steep price in the process.
Five starters were knocked out of the game with injuries and perennial Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs was hobbled. Cornerback Charles Tillman (ankle), running back Matt Forte (ankle), wide receiver Devin Hester (concussion) and guards Lance Louis (knee) and Chris Spencer (knee) did not finish the game because of injuries.
A team that has been mostly healthy for the bulk of the season will now have a full training room, and the injuries on the offensive line are a real concern as benched right tackle Gabe Carimi had to fill in for 1 ½ quarters at right guard, a position he has never played before. Louis and Spencer are scheduled to have MRI’s today to determine the nature of their injuries.
“I thought the guys did a good job,” Smith said. “Gabe Carimi hasn’t played a lot of guard. Coming into the game, he wasn’t thinking about playing guard. But just being able to fill in there, same thing with Edwin Williams. It’s always about the next guy stepping up. Injuries are part of it and I thought they did a good job.”
If Louis and Spencer are out for any length of time, the Bears could be forced to make a move. They already lost some depth when veteran Chilo Rachal was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list last week after he left the team.
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