The Chicago Bears could be without their starting center for their prime-time matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night. The team announced center Lucas Patrick is now questionable for the game with a lower back injury. Patrick was not on any injury report this week, meaning it’s something that popped up within the last day.
#Bears game status update:
OL Lucas Patrick is now questionable for tonight’s game.
— Bears Communications (@BearsPR) October 29, 2023
Patrick started the season at center but has moved in and out of the lineup in recent weeks. He made his return to the position last week in the Bears’ 30-12 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
If Patrick is unable to play, the Bears would have a decision to make. They could move left guard Cody Whitehair back to center, where he struggled with inconsistent snaps the last time he lined up there a few weeks ago. The Bears could also turn to second-year center Doug Kramer, who played in his first NFL game last week after injuries have kept him sidelined for the last year and a half. Or veteran Dan Feeney could be an option if he’s able to play. Feeney, who is dealing with a knee injury, is also listed as questionable.
Patrick’s status will be determined later in the day, but regardless, the news is not ideal for the Bears and rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent, who will make his second career start.