Four Bears starters questionable
NT Stephen Paea (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)
NT Stephen Paea (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)
Bear Report Publisher
Posted Oct 9, 2013


Four Chicago Bears starters are listed as questionable for Thursday Night's contest against the New York Giants, plus the rest of the injury report.

The official injury reports for tomorrow night's game between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants have been submitted.

For the Bears, DT Nate Collins (knee) and S Anthony Walters (hamstring) are out.

The team has four starters listed as questionable: TE Martellus Bennett (knee),LB Lance Briggs (foot/hip), DT Stephen Paea (toe) and CB Charles Tillman (knee).

The Bears conducted a walk through today. Had practice been conducted today, Briggs and Bennett would have been limited, while Paea and Tillman would have been held out.

It would be surprising if Bennett or Briggs didn't play. Tillman will likely give it a go but may not be able to finish the game, as has been the case the past two weeks.

The biggest issue is Paea, who is still dealing with pain in the toe. This is crucial, as both Collins and Henry Melton are out for the season with torn ACLs. Putting Paea on the field against the Giants puts him at risk of further injuring the toe, thus compromising the rest of his season.

If Paea can't go, expect Landon Cohen to get the start at defensive tackle alongside Corey Wootton.

Probable for Chicago are WR Joe Anderson (knee), T Eben Britton (foot), T Jermon Bushrod (calf) and WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle). Each would have practiced today and all four are expected to play.

For the Giants, the following players have been ruled out: C David Bass (neck), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), S Cooper Taylor (shoulder), CB Corey Webster (groin) and RB David Wilson (neck).

DE Damontre Moore (hamstring) is doubtful, while DT Linval Joseph (ankle), WR Louis Murphy, Jr. (ankle) and TE Brandon Myers (ankle) are questionable. All three were limited in practice today.

Probable are LS Zak DeOssie (back), LB Mark Herzlich (toe) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee).


Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his third season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.


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