The Chicago Bears could be without starting safety Major Wright this weekend. Wright suffered a hamstring injury today and is questionable for Sunday’s contest against the Minnesota Vikings.
After practice today, coach Marc Trestman wasn’t sure of the severity of Wright’s injury.
“Major had a slight pull in his hamstring today,” Trestman said. “I don’t know where he’s at right now. It was a slight pull. That’s all I know right now. I talked to him afterward. He said he felt pretty good. We’ll have to see where he is tomorrow. We probably won’t know until game time where he’s at.”
If Wright can’t play, six-year veteran Craig Steltz will make his first start of the season. Steltz has started seven games in his career, the last of which was in 2011.
“Craig’s been around. He knows the position. He knows his assignments,” said Trestman. “He’s not a guy who’s going to make a lot of mistakes. I think we’ll be fine at the position. I have a lot of comfort with him.”
Also questionable for the Bears are S Derrick Martin, DT Stephen Paea and DT Jeremiah Ratliff, although Ratliff is expected to play.
“Ratliff is in line to go,” Trestman said yesterday. “We hope that he'll do what we've seen him do in practice. The little he's been in there he's holding the point. He's getting a rush. He hasn't played for a while so we don't have high expectations right now but we certainly see the light and we're hoping we get a little bit out of him.”
Trestman said Ratliff can play either the 3-technique or nose tackle spots along Chicago’s defensive line.
Out for Sunday’s game are QB Jay Cutler, LB Lance Briggs and S Anthony Walters.
Matt Forte, who is recovering from a hyper-extended knee, is probable and expected to play. Also probable is K Robbie Gould (illness) and WR Brandon Marshall (quadricep).
For the Vikings, CB Josh Robinson (chest) and TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) have been ruled out.
The following Minnesota players are probable:
RB Matt Asiata, shoulder
DT Fred Evans, knee
LB Chad Greenway, wrist
RB Adrian Peterson, groin
CB Xavier Rhodes, concussion
DE Brian Robison, illness
S Andrew Sendejo, foot
WR Joe Webb, concussion
DT Kevin Williams, qudricep
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