The Chicago Bears should already have their hands full with the Minnesota Vikings visiting Monday night, but the Bears will be without both offensive guards – Kyle Long and Josh Sitton.
Long was listed as doubtful with a tricep injury, so he was kind of a long shot to play, but Sitton was questionable with an ankle injury. Chicago announced that Eric Kush will replace Sitton at left guard, and Ted Larsen is going to start at right guard in place of Long.
Monday night isn’t exactly the best time to lose both starting guards. The Vikings have 19.0 sacks, which is tied for ninth-most in the league, but they have only played six games. Minnesota averages 3.16 sacks per week, which is actually the third-highest rate in the entire league. Only the Denver Broncos and the Buffalo Bills average more sacks per game.
Welcome back, Jay Cutler. At least the veteran quarterback will have running back Jeremy Langford and wide receiver Cameron Meredith at his disposal, as both will be active.
Langford was listed as questionable, but he will play for the first time since Sept. 25. He has 116 yards and two touchdowns on 31 rushes, averaging just 3.7 yards per attempt, this season. Meredith emerged as a go-to target in the Bears offense while Cutler was sidelined. He has 27 receptions, 307 yards and one touchdown.
The Bears will have to establish some kind of running game, or at least allow Cutler to quickly release the ball to open receivers on short routes in order to have a chance to pull off the Monday night upset.