Bears are healthy after loss to Packers
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"From the game yesterday, we had a few players that went down," Smith said. "Chris Harris should be OK with a stinger. Major Wright had a lower leg injury, I guess you could say, if you call it an injury. He should be fine. Nick Roach hurt his shoulder, he should also be OK."
Roach's injury appears to be the most serious, as the linebacker was clearly favoring one of his shoulders after the first play of the game. Roach was worked on by the Bears' training staff on the sidelines before being escorted back to the locker room.
After the injury to Roach, Pisa Tinoisamoa played the remainder of the game at strongside linebacker. The plan, before the injury, was for Roach and Tinoisamoa to split reps heading into Week 17.
"I was jacked up this game, and prepared to play some serious ball this game," Tinoisamoa said. "I was prepped to play the game. I mean me personally, we were told otherwise, but I was ready to play. So when it happened [the Roach injury], I was ready. I felt OK running around out there in this cold weather."
Roach's availability in the playoffs may depend on the linebacker's ability to manage the pain, although the extra week off certainly helps all the players dealing with bumps and bruises.
The Bears are scheduled to practice Wednesday and Thursday, before taking a three-day weekend.
"To have this bye week is important to rest up a little bit as much as anything," Smith said. "But at the same time, it'll be good to have a couple of training camp practices, getting ready for whoever we end up playing in our first playoff game.
Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
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