Relatively healthy throughout most of the season, the Bears have been bitten by the injury bug repeatedly over the past few weeks. But they’re not feeling sorry for themselves.
“We’ve got some guys banged up on both sides of the ball, [but] that’s throughout the whole NFL,” said receiver Brandon Marshall. “No one is healthy right now.”
Marshall went on to joke that the only player in the NFL who’s 100 percent healthy at this juncture of the season is a kicker such as the Bears’ Robbie Gould. “Yeah, maybe Robbie,” Marshall said. “But other than Robbie everyone else is banged up.”
That at least seems to be the case with the Bears. Earl Bennett, Matt Forte, Devin Hester, Alshon Jeffery, Tim Jennings, Lance Louis, Chris Spencer, Brian Urlacher have all been forced to exit recent games with injuries. Louis has been placed on injured reserve, Urlacher has been ruled out of Sunday’s game in Minnesota, and Bennett and Jennings did not practice Wednesday.
“Some years are like that; some years are not like that,” said quarterback Jay Cutler. “This is one of those years. I think they have done a good job of building this team and preparing for the worst with guys being able to come in. Just roll with the punches. Offensively, we know what we have. Whoever is going to be out there, that’s who we’re going to have to go with.”
Healthy or not, the Bears enter the final quarter of their season in a first-place tie with the Packers.
“This is where the championship teams start to separate themselves is in the month of December,” Marshall said. “Right now it’s about character. It’s about want-to and it’s about passion and who wants to get it done. So I’m excited to see how we come out and fight on Sunday.”
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