The Bears going into Thursday’s game with the Jacksonville Jaguars were already without offensive linemen Eben Britton, Brian de la Puente and Jordan Mills, plus receivers Marquess Wilson and Chris Williams and safeties Chris Conte and Craig Steltz. Defensive end Willie Young, with a minor knee bruise, was a scratch as well.
It got worse. How much worse will be clearer on Friday.
Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller had to leave the field with an ankle injury on Jacksonville’s return of the opening kickoff. The injury sent veteran Kelvin Hayden in as the third cornerback in the Bears’ No. 1 nickel unit. Fuller was unable to return to the game.
Tight end Zach Miller, limited by injuries to four games and zero starts over the past two seasons, hobbled off the field in the second quarter with a left-foot injury.
“[Fuller and Miller] are being checked out right now and we’ll see where they are [Friday],” said coach Marc Trestman.
Miller flashed last week with six receptions against Philadelphia but coach Marc Trestman was reserved, partly because of the injury history.
“We’re not going to anoint him at this point in time,” Trestman said. “We want to get him through training camp healthy and allow him hopefully to perform throughout the preseason as he’s been doing. And then we’ll see where we are at the end of the day.”