Another injury is likely to cost the Bears another defensive starter as strong-safety Major Wright suffered what was described by coach Marc Trestman as a slight pull in a hamstring on Friday.
“It wasn’t a major pull but now he becomes ‘questionable,’” Trestman said. “We probably won’t know where he is until game time.”
A problem is the lateness in the week of the injury, however. Defensive end Shea McClellin sustained a hamstring injury on the Thursday following the Green Bay game, landing him on the inactive list for the next two games.
Craig Steltz is this week’s “next man up” for the Bears, with considerable experience, primarily on special teams, and a handful of starts for his career but with just 13 snaps on defense this season.
“Craig’s been around,” Trestman said. “He knows the position. He knows his assignments. He’s not a guy who’s going to make a lot of mistakes. I think we’ll be fine at the position. I have a lot of comfort with him.”
Running back Matt Forte (knee) is probable but defensive tackles Stephen Paea (toe) and Jeremiah Ratliff (groin) are officially listed as questionable. Robbie Gould was sent home after becoming sick. Cornerback Derrick Martin (hamstring) is questionable.