Even though Jordan Howard was pulled twice from Sunday’s Week 3 win because of an apparent injury, the second-year running back has avoided being listed on the Chicago Bears’ injury report.
And in more good news, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports one of the Bears’ top linemen will be back up front blocking for him. Josh Sitton was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday’s practice, and Biggs believes Sitton will return to action on Thursday at Lambeau Field againat the Green Bay Packers. If this happens to be the case, it will be the first time the Bears’ projected starting offensive line will be together for a game.
Guard Kyle Long returned last week to help guide the running game to a monster performance, but the rib injury suffered by Sitton against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 kept the team’s *other* Pro Bowl guard out of action. With Long and Sitton missing time, Cody Whitehair has spent time at all three interior positions, making starts at center, left guard, and right guard.
If everyone is healthy and available for Week 4, it’ll be interesting to see if the team sticks with its plan to lineup Long at left guard and Sitton at right guard. For what it’s worth, Long played right guard – and played it very well, mind you – against the Steelers.
Center Hroniss Grasu was also listed as limited as he recovers from a hand injury suffered in the team’s win against Pittsburgh. The Bears haven’t offered any specifics regarding the injury or a timetable for Grasu’s return.
Safety Quintin Demps and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski did not practice, while reserve lineman Tom Compton was off the injury report altogether after being listed as a full participant on Monday. Compton, who started two games at left guard, injured his hip in Week 2 and didn’t play any snaps in Week 3.