This is another big blow to a Bears team already reeling at 3-4.
The Bears’ starting offensive line practiced together for the first time since Week 1.
Also, the Bears are resting Matt Forte on Wednesdays because of his heavy workload.
The Bears’ linebacking corps has been hit hard by injury.
Briggs, Williams, Bostic and McClellin all sat out Wednesday’s practice.
It’s a rotating cast of characters in the secondary.
Plus, Charles Tillman’s season-ending injury is having a tickle-down effect.
Sherrick McManis seems on track to return this Sunday.
The Bears are playing their third different offensive line combination in 2014.
Roberto Garza and Sherrick McManis are questionable against the Panthers.
Jared Allen lost 15 pounds with the illness but is confident he’ll play Sunday.
Allen’s streak of 113 consecutive starts has been snapped.
At one point, Chicago turned to rookie Brock Vereen and newly signed Ahmad Dixon at safety.
Rookie defensive tackles Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton will have greater responsibility.
Chicago no longer has the luxury of depth in the secondary.
When you play defense with a good offense, it makes it fun,” Jared Allen says.
The Bears are bringing back a special teams regular.
More than a dozen Chicago Bears headed to central Illinois to help with cleanup efforts in the tornado-ravaged community of Washington and meet with members of the community’s high school football team.
Some players from the Chicago Bears are spending part of the day visiting with and helping people affected by the big storms this week.
As expected, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is active against the Lions and will play.