This Sunday, the Chicago Bears meet in an NFC Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints, with the Bears not at full strength.

This morning on ESPN 1000 Hood and J. Hood, NFL’s Jeff Dickerson talks about the bear injuries this week. One is the fast receiver Darnell Mooney and the other is linebacker Rosan Smith. Mooney injured his ankle in week 17, so he had to miss training all week. As far as Smith is concerned, he injured his elbow at the beginning of last week, as a result of which he could not play the rest of the match and could not practice this week.

Rosan Smith of the Bears left the game against the Green Bay Packers early last week because of an elbow injury. The injury could keep Mr. Smith out of Sunday’s playoff game in Chicago.
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In addition, Buster Skrine, who was named in week 13, missed the last four games and will have to go through the protocol before he can see the field. Dickerson said he’s doubting one of these guys this weekend. He noted that Smith’s injury is more serious than Mooney’s, but because speed is the young receiver’s most valuable tool, he doesn’t know if Mooney is ready to give him a chance on Sunday.

In a Bears team where the attack has grown in recent weeks, the loss of Mooney will be felt. The old fifth round pick is able to stretch the field and make a great game when needed. He also became one of Mitchell Trubisky’s favorite targets, next to Allen Robinson, Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham. If Tulane misses Sunday’s game, who’s the target on the field? The bears cannot enter the field throughout the game when faced with an attack from the saints that is just as powerful, if not more, than they are.

Darnell Mooney scored a touchdown and five strikes for 69 yards in the final game between the Bears and Saints. However, Brenner’s speed could be reduced due to an ankle injury, causing him to miss Sunday’s rematch.
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Defensively, the absence of Skrine and Smith creates a void that is particularly difficult to fill in the case of Smith. The former Georgia Bulldog is versatile in all systems and can make a difference. In New Orleans, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara will be back at full strength to support Drew Brees on the offensive line. Brees may not be the quarterback he once was, but he is still as effective in giving the ball to his players. These injuries contribute to the worries that already exist around the defense, which has not lived up to expectations this season and will have to play at the highest level this weekend.

Dickerson also focused his optimism on Jaylon Johnson, another member of the defense, but the Bears coach hopes the cornerback will play Sunday. Until the official instructions of the team are made, we can only play this game in our heads. Perfect football is a sentence the Bears are likely to win on Sunday. Anything is possible, but the stakes are high for the Midway Monsters.

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