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Anderson suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday's preseason loss to the Chiefs, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent in May of 2015, Anderson was a resident of the practice squad for the first five games before receiving a promotion to the active roster In Week 6. He earned three starts along the way, compiling 36 tackles (30 solo), two passes defended, and one interception, while logging 30 percent of the defensive snaps and 32 percent of the special teams snaps. Currently, the severity of Anderson's shoulder injury is unknown, but he serves as a depth inside linebacker when healthy.
Hoyer is dealing with sore ribs after taking a hard hit in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, NFL Network's Stacey Dales reports.
Hoyer actually returned to the game for Chicago's final six offensive snaps, after No. 3 quarterback Connor Shaw suffered a broken leg. X-rays on Hoyer's ribs come back negative, suggesting he should be fine to serve as Jay Cutler's top backup Week 1 against the Texans. With Cutler unlikely to play in the final preseason game, David Fales could get an extended look under center, after failing to get a snap in the past two exhibitions.
Porter left Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs to be evaluated for a concussion, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Porter appeared to suffer a concussion when a teammate's leg collided with his helmet. He previously missed time due to concussions in 2012 and 2013, but he hasn't had any reported the past few years. If Porter were to miss time in the regular season, Chicago's thin group of cornerbacks would be ripe for the picking. Fellow starter Kyle Fuller (knee) is already uncertain for the start of the season, and the team's depth mostly consists of young players that were either late-round picks or undrafted.
Floyd (hamstring) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Floyd's NFL career hasn't jump started the way he or the Bears would have preferred. Chicago has witnessed its top pick from April's draft go down twice due to injury and the regular season is yet kickoff. Fortunately for the Bears, Floyd's hamstring issue does not appear to be long-term and he should be back to 100 percent in the near future.
Fuller (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery this week and he is expected to miss several weeks, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Bears didn't specify which knee Fuller had scoped this week, but this is concerning news nonetheless for a player that's had a history of knee issues. The ominous "several weeks" timetable puts his status for Week 1 in question, which would leave the Bears down one of their starting corners for the opener against the Texans. If Fuller is unable to play in the opener, De'Vante Bausby or Deiondre' Hall would have to step up at the right corner spot.
Glenn will miss the remainder of Thursday's game after being diagnosed with a concussion.
The second-year corner out of Central Florida was taken to the locker room during Thursday's game to be evaluated for a possible concussion. The team's medical staff confirmed that he does indeed have a concussion, which will end his night. He got the start Thursday so the coaching staff could get an extended look at him in game action, but Glenn is more likely to end up as a fringe roster player when the Bears make their final cut-downs.
Thompson missed practice Saturday with an ankle "problem", Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.
Thompson left Thursday's preseason game with a walking boot on his left foot, and this report clarifies that he's dealing specifically with an ankle injury. He's currently in line to return kickoffs for the Bears while also playing in a reserve role at wide receiver. He'll need to heal up in three weeks to be available for Week 1.
Braunecker worked out on the side of practice on Thursday as he recovers from an ankle injury, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Braunecker is an undrafted rookie who faces an uphill battle to make Chicago's roster, as he's buried on the depth chart. The sooner he can return to action the better, and it appears he's nearing a return now that he's been able to at least work out on the side. Rob Housler and Gannon Sinclair will likely continue to see extra reps as long as Braunecker is out.
Miller (concussion) was cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol, allowing him to return to practice Monday.
Though cleared from the recent issue, Miller does have a lengthy injury record that includes multiple concussion. Poor health made it tough for him to hold significant roles in the past, but he's now locked in as Chicago's top tight end for however long he can stay on the field. With Matt Forte no longer in Chicago, the 31-year-old Miller may become Jay Cutler's favorite security blanket when nothing is open downfield.
Royal (concussion) was cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol. allowing him to return to practice Monday.
With Zach Miller (concussion) also cleared for Monday's practice, Jay CUtler should have his full complement of weapons at the beginning of the season. Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White will gobble up the vast majority of outside receiver snaps, leaving Royal to work primarily as the slot man in three-wide sets.
Scruggs will not play in Thursday's preseason opener due to a bruised lung, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
It is unclear when Scruggs sustained this injury, but it is severe enough to keep him out of action in the preseason opener. The 25-year-old tight end currently projects as the fourth tight end on the Bears depth chart, so he is competing for a roster spot.
Ferguson has been handed a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports.
After notching three tackles in four games, Ferguson was placed on season-ending injured reserve in October due to a nagging knee injury. Thus, his ban won't kick in until he's healthy enough to take the field during the 2016 campaign.
Washington (knee) did some work on the side of practice on Thursday, Brad Biggs the Chicago Tribune reports.
Washington was injured during last Thursday's preseason game and hasn't practiced since. The injury was never disclosed but appeared to be serious. His work on the side of practice is an encouraging sign that the fourth-year defensive lineman will be able to return to practice soon.
Pruitt (leg) is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks after an MRI revealed he suffered a sprained MCL, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The second-year tight end sustained the injury in Sunday's preseason win over the Chargers. He had 11 yards on one reception to go along with a lost fumble prior to exiting the contest. Pruitt and rookie David Morgan have been competing to back up Kyle Rudolph at tight end, so Morgan may have an opportunity to showcase his skill set with Pruitt sidelined the first few weeks of the season. Regardless, both expect to assume limited roles behind Rudolph.
Griffin got the start at safety opposite Harrison Smith in Sunday's preseason game, but left in the second quarter due to a back injury and was later seen leaving the locker room on crutches, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Griffin had one tackle before departing. He got the start in the third preseason game over Andrew Sendejo, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated the competition isn't decided. However, Griffin's injury could make Sendejo the starter if it's an issue for the start of the regular season.
Roberson is dealing with a broken bone in his right hand, Joel Badzinski of the Pioneer Press reports.
Roberson suffered the injury during the Vikings' preseason opener and originally attempted to play through the injury. However, after the medical staff discovered the break, they held him out of practice last week, which eventually forced him to remain sidelined during the team's second preseason game against the Seahawks. Roberson claims he won't need surgery, but he'll still have to wear "medical gear" for roughly two weeks. It's a tough break for the 23-year-old converted cornerback, who is not a lock to make the final roster.
Ellison (knee) has been activated from the PUP list, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Ellison suffered a torn patellar tendon in last year's season finale against the Packers. He's a key blocker in Minnesota's offensive scheme, so a return to full health could boost the running game. If Ellison isn't able to play, rookie tight end David Morgan has been drawing praise for his blocking ability and could see more snaps early in the season.
Rhodes (hamstring) did not play in Sunday's preseason win over San Diego.
He hasn't practiced since suffering the injury in the team's second preseason game. It's very unlikely he'll play in the final preseason game, so we may not know his status until shortly before the first game of the regular season.
Watts had two tackles and played just 23 snaps at weak-side linebacker in Sunday's win at Oakland.
Watts started at weak-side linebacker with Chad Greenway moving to middle linebacker while Eric Kendricks out with a rib injury. However, Watts has been coming off the field in nickel and passing situations, which limits his fantasy value.
Newman will not travel with the team for Friday's preseason matchup with the Bengals due to an undisclosed injury, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.
Newman missed practice both Monday and Tuesday, although the specifics of the injury have yet to be released. It isn't expected to be anything serious, though, so the Vikings are likely just being cautious with their 37-year-old veteran. Newman will remain in Minnesota for rest and recovery, but we should see his status updated by the start of next week. Look for Trae Waynes to take the starters' reps during Friday's preseason outing versus the Bengals.
Heinicke (ankle) has shed the walking boot he wore to protect his foot from further injury, Scout.com reports.
Heinicke declined to talk about his injury after practice, reportedly saying it was time to go lift weights. If those were indeed his plans, his foot may be further along than anticipated. However, Shaun Hill has done nothing to relinquish his role as the backup to starter Teddy Bridgewater, and the Vikings project to carry only two quarterbacks on their active roster entering the regular season. Ultimately, Heinicke appears destined for either the practice squad or injured reserve list in 2016.