In other injury news, right guard Nate Davis (ankle), fullback Khari Blasingame (concussion), middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (knee) and cornerback Terell Smith (illness) have been ruled out of Thursday night’s game.
Running back Khalil Herbert (ankle), receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (hamstring) and cornerback Josh Blackwell (hamstring) all practiced in full and were listed as questionable on the injury report. All three remain on injured reserve and can be activated Thursday in time to play against the Panthers.
Safety Jaquan Brisker practiced in full and was not given an injury designation, meaning that he’s expected to play Thursday night after missing the previous two games with a concussion he sustained Oct. 22 versus the Raiders.
With Brisker set to rejoin safety Eddie Jackson and cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson and Tyrique Stevenson, the Bears will have their starting secondary on the field Thursday night for just the fourth team in 10 games this year.
“We have to be out there, all of us, the whole secondary, especially me and Eddie,” said Brisker, the Bears’ honorary captain this week. “We’ve got to be out there. We’ve got to be out there healthy. We’ve got to be out there playing. We get that opportunity this Thursday and hopefully we will be consistent throughout the year and we do what we do , and that’s fly around, be ballhawks, use us as Swiss Army knives and things like that. Get us involved and you’re going to see what’s going to happen.”
For the Panthers, outside linebacker Brian Burns (concussion/elbow), receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (ankle), cornerback CJ Henderson (concussion) and tight end Stephen Sullivan (shoulder) have been ruled out; receiver DJ Chark Jr. (elbow) is doubtful; and outside linebacker Marquis Haynes (back) and safeties Xavier Woods (thigh) and Von Bell (quad) are questionable.
Roster Moves: The Bears on Wednesday waived cornerback Greg Stroman Jr. and safety Duron Harmon.