- In the Bears vs Commanders injury reports for their Week 5 TNF game, three of Chicago’s four starters in the secondary may not play
- CB Jaylon Johson and S Eddie Jackson are out, while S Jaquan Brisker is questionable
- Washington is reporting no injuries among the club’s starting lineup
Not only are the Chicago Bears winless as they face the Washington Commanders in the Week 5 TNF game, in the Bears vs Commanders injury reports, they are hurting, while Washington is almost entirely healthy.
Chicago will be missing LCB Jaylon Johnson (hamstring) and FS Eddie Jackson (foot). Both are out. Meanwhile, SS Jaquan Brisker (hamstring) is listing as questionable. As well, Bears WR Chase Claypool (personal) will also be absent.
Meanwhile, Washington is displaying no injury designations for any of the club’s first or second-string players.
So far in the Bears vs Commanders public betting splits, Washington is getting the vast majority of ATS handle (62% as 6-point home favorites) as well as most of the moneyline action (81% as -265-point home favorites).
Chicago Very Thin In Secondary
The situation in the Bears secondary is probably similar to the scenario of trying to sell Bears tickets in the secondary market. It’s not good.
Two starters – FS Eddie Jones (foot) and LCB Jaylon Johnson (hamstring) – are definitely out. Meanwhile, starting SS Jaquan Brisker is questionable because of a hamstring ailment.
Chicago Bears Injury Report
|Teven Jenkins-G||Calf||Out (IR)|
|Josh Blackwell-CB||Hamstring||Out (IR)|
|Khalid Kareem-DE||Hip||Out (IR)|
|Braxton Jones-T||Neck||Out (IR)|
|Kyler Gordon-CB||Hand||Out (IR)|
There’s also the ongoing issue of WR Chase Claypool. He’ll be missing due to personal reasons. For the second straight game, he’s been told to stay home.
From @GMFB: The #Commanders skill guys – Jahan Dotson (ankle) and Curtis Samuel (quad) – are healthy and playing tonight, while #Bears WR Chase Claypool (other) is out once again. pic.twitter.com/APKKOuZrG7
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 5, 2023
Claypool was benched after making comments critical of how the team has been utilizing him since he was acquired last season in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Healthy Commanders Facing Wounded Bears
There was really nothing but good news for the Commanders on the injury front in preparation for this game. WR Curtis Samuel (quadricep) was cleared from any injury designation. He’d been showing as probable earlier in the week.
Washington Commanders Injury Report
|David Bada-DE||Triceps||Out (IR)|
|Dax Milne-WR||Groin||Out (IR)|
|Drew White-LB||Knee||Out (PUP)|
CB Christian Holmes (back), who’d also been listed as probable at the outset of the week, was also removed from the team’s injury report. Only third-string RB Chris Rodriguez is uncertain to play. He’s questionable due to illness.
How Could Injuries Affect Bears vs Commanders Betting Lines?
Washington QB Sam Howell has gone over 200 yards passing in three of the last four games and over 290 yards through the air in two of the last three games. Considering the state of the Chicago secondary, you have to be liking the over on Howell’s passing yardage of 243.5 in the Bears vs Commanders player props.
The latest addition to the Chicago injury list, Brisker hurt his hamstring in practice this week. The Bears are calling it a tweak, but Brisker has been limited in practice. If Brisker can’t go, rookie Tyrique Stevenson would be the only starter left in the Chicago secondary.
Bears secondary tmr pic.twitter.com/Adl64flqQv
— Coleadipo11 (@Coleadipo11) October 4, 2023
Jackson will be missing his third successive game. He was hurt early in Chicago’s Week 2 loss at Tampa Bay. Johnson is going to miss his second straight game. Elijah Hicks starts for Jackson, while Terell Smith slides in for Johnson.
Adding to the DB woes of the Bears is that they’re already without starting slot CB Kyler Gordon, who’s on IR with a hand injury. This week, backup CB Josh Blackwell (hamstring) was also placed on IR. Safety Duron Harmon was signed from the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens.
On a more positive note, Chicago LG Teven Jenkins (calf) was able to be a full participant in practice this week. He may be activated and could start this game.
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