Chicago Bears without injured CBs Amukamara, Cooper
With Bears CBs Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper inactive today with hamstring injuries, it means more playing time for nickel CB Bryce Callahan and undrafted rookie CB Kevin Toliver against the Bucs, the NFL’s No. 1 passing offense.
Callahan is expected to start at cornerback along with Kyle Fuller in the base defense. In nickel situations, Callahan will likely move back into his normal position covering the slot receiver, while Toliver plays one of the outside CB spots.
The Bears will have their hands full with Bucs WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, both of whom are averaging over 100 receiving yards per game. They both have three TD catches, as does the Bucs’ No. 3 WR Chris Godwin.
WR Anthony Miller is also inactive after suffering a dislocated shoulder last week, although coach Matt Nagy said he doesn’t expect Miller to need surgery. With Miller out, rookie Javon Wims is active for the first time this season and backup WR Josh Bellamy is expected to see more playing time in the slot as a third receiver.
The Bears’ other inactives are OLBs Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving, OL Rashaad Coward and DT Nick Williams. Fitts and Coward have not been active yet this season, while Irving and Williams will be inactive for the third straight week.
The Bucs’ inactives are QB Ryan Griffin, starting S Jordan Whitehead (shoulder/hamstring), RB Shaun Wilson, DE Noah Spence, OLs Alex Cappa and Mike Liedtke and starting DT Beau Allen (foot).