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Bears brace for injuries' impact

November 26, 2012|RedEye

The number of Bears who have missed entire games this season gets scarier each week. Jay Cutler, Shea McClellin and Earl Bennett are on that list, and they may at least hope to play next week. Among the Bears who are done for the year or whose status is in doubt, we ranked them on our worry scale from 1 (they can get by) to 4 (prepare for disaster). —Tribune contributed


Lance Louis, OL (knee)

The offensive line is thin as it is, and Cutler’s health is shaky at best. He’s probably the lineman the Bears can least afford to lose.

Worry scale: 4 out of 4

Alshon Jeffery, WR (knee)

A big, strong receiver suits Jay Cutler’s style, and Jeffery’s return from surgery is in doubt. Which means Brandon Marshall had best get open even more.

Worry scale: 2 out of 4

Matt Forte, RB (ankle)

Michael Bush is an adequate backup running back, but he’s not as dynamic and versatile as Forte.

Worry scale: 2 out of 4

Devin Hester, WR (concussion)

He hasn’t added much spark this season, though if nothing else, he changes how teams kick to the Bears.

Worry scale: 1 out of 4

Lance Briggs, LB (ankle)

He had his ankle taped and returned to Sunday’s game. With Brian Urlacher already banged up, let’s hope that’s as bad as it gets.

Worry scale: 2 out of 4

Charles Tillman, CB (ankle)

The mere presence of Peanut forces opponents to worry about him punching the ball away. The Bears will suffer significantly if he misses time.

Worry scale: 3 out of 4

Chris Spencer, OL (knee)

Even though he left Sunday’s game, he said he could have played if needed. Which is good, considering the condition of the rest of the offensive line.

Worry scale: 1 out of 4

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