A few shorts weeks ago, this week's matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears looked liked one with a lot of star power and big playoff implications. While each team still desperately needs a win to remain in the race for postseason play, the game will be affected greatly by injuries to key players.
Here is the full injury report from Friday:
QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), RB Darren McFadden (foot), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring)
Did Not Participate In Practice:
RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), WR Denarius Moore (foot), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (neck), DE Lamarr Houston (knee), S Michael Huff (ankle), CB Chris Johnson (hamstring, groin), S Michael Mitchell (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee), RB Manase Tonga (knee)
QB Jay Cutler (thumb)
Did Not Participate:
WR Devin Hester (shin), CB D.J. Moore (ankle)
S Brandon Meriweather (concussion)
For the Bears, life without Jay Cutler will be very difficult to adjust to. Expect Matt Forte to carry the ball early and often; he and the defense are going to need to step up if Chicago wants to have any chance on Sunday.
For the Raiders, the offense has performed relatively well without their All-Pro running back Darren McFadden, but this hinges on Carson Palmer playing well for a full 60 minutes.
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