Chicago Bears down to three healthy receivers after losing Miller, Gabriel to injuries
The Chicago Bears’ WR corps — one of the NFL’s most improved position groups this season — is quickly thinning out Sunday with injuries.
The Bears entered Sunday without WR1 Allen Robinson, who missed practice all week and was deactivated after injuring his ribs in Week 16. Then, rookie second-rounder Antony Miller suffered an injury in the first quarter to his left shoulder, which he dislocated earlier in the season, and was quickly ruled out. To begin the second half, Taylor Gabriel suffered a shoulder injury and was deemed questionable to return .
That leaves only Josh Bellamy, Kevin White and Javon Wims as healthy Bears receivers. White, the former first-rounder, had been a healthy scratch each of the past five weeks; Wims, the rookie seventh-rounder, has only been active in five combined games this season.
The Bears, who essentially are locked into the No. 3 seed, with the Rams currently up big on the 49ers, kept their starters in to begin the second half with a 14-3 lead on the Vikings, who would miss the playoffs with a loss and an Eagles win over Washington, where Philly leads, 17-0, with the fourh quarter just underway.
Minnesota cut its deficit to 13-10 late in the third quarter after Kirk Cousins found Stefon Diggs on a six-yard touchdown. Jordan Howard scored both of the Bears’ first-half touchdowns, with PK Cody Parkey clanging his second PAT off the upright.