Chicago Bears left tackle Charles Leno missed Thursday’s practice after suffering a toe injury the previous day. Leno is the newest addition to the Bears injury report as the team prepares for Sunday night’s game on the road against the Green Bay Packers.
The Bears were already in the process of reshuffling their offensive line again. Coming out of the bye week, coach Matt Nagy and his staff have designs on starting Sam Mustipher at center. Cody Whitehair is expected to move over to play left guard. Germain Ifedi, meanwhile, will likely shift to right tackle with Alex Bars stepping in at right guard.
The Bears remain optimistic that Leno will be good to go for the Week 12 game. If he’s not, Jason Spriggs would be in line to start at left tackle as the Bears continue seeking a productive and cohesive combination up front.
Said Nagy: “What we’re trying to do is put the players that we have in the best spots that we think (they belong), where they work together and they’re unified in what their strengths are and how they work best together. That’s kind of where we’re at right now. There are some moving parts.”
The Bears offense was already scrambling in its search for answers and will likely start Mitch Trubisky at quarterback. Nick Foles hasn’t practiced since suffering a hip injury in Week 10 against the Minnesota Vikings. And while Nagy continues to say Foles is “day to day” and has yet to publicly declare Trubisky as the starter, Trubisky has taken all of the first-team reps in practice this week.
In other injury news, defensive end Akiem Hicks (hamstring) hasn’t practiced this week. His availability for Sunday night remains iffy.
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