Injury Report Analysis: Week 4

Chris Williams, the 14th-overall pick for the Chicago Bears this past April, has returned to the practice field after surgery on a herniated disc. However, he still has a long way to go in recovery. Michael Nudo breaks down all the bumps and bruises by taking a closer look at Friday's final injury report.

Chicago Bears

Player Injury Status
OT Chris Williams Back Doubtful
DT Tommie Harris Knee Questionable
WR Devin Hester Ribs Questionable
WR Brandon Lloyd Hip Questionable
DE Alex Brown Ankle Probable
CB Nathan Vasher Shoulder Probable

Philadelphia Eagles

Player Injury Status
DE Victor Abiamiri Wrist OUT
G Shawn Andrews Back Doubtful
TE L.J. Smith Back Doubtful
WR Kevin Curtis Hernia Doubtful
QB Donovan McNabb Chest Questionable
RB Brian Westbrook Ankle Questionable
RB Tony Hunt Concussion Probable
DT Dan Klecko Hand Probable
C Jamaal Jackson Quadricep Probable

Bears Offense vs. Eagles Defense
The Bears are hopeful wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester will return to action after a Week-2 rib injury. His receiver reps went to Rashied Davis last week. Mark Bradley was waived Tuesday. His exit should mean more looks for rookie Earl Bennett, who can also return punts. Cornerback Nathan Vasher has assumed those duties since Hester was hurt. Leading receiver Brandon Lloyd has a hip injury that popped up Thursday. They will all need to be at the top of their game to face the attacking Eagles defense.

WR Devin Hester
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The Eagles lost defensive end Victor Abiamiri for a significant chunk of the season when he suffered a dislocated wrist during training camp. Even without him, the Eagles have registered a league-leading 13 sacks through the first three games. Juqua Parker only has 2.5 but leads the squad. What does this mean? It means the Bears can expect the Eagles to send blitzes from all over the field. This will be a huge test for the offensive line, which has new starters at both positions on the left side and a right tackle (John Tait) who played on the left side a season ago.

If there was ever a time when the Bears would look to run a power offense with two tight ends and a fullback, this would be the week. It's not a cure-all against Philadelphia. They'll look to counter by confusing the assignments at the edge or creating matchups there that do not favor the tight end. The going could be extremely tough for rookie Matt Forte, as the Bears face fronts stacked to blitz both run and pass. On the plus side, all he has to do is make one player miss and he could go a long way. Kyle Orton will need to make quick decisions with the ball to take advantage of the best matchups.

Eagles Offense vs. Bears Defense
Running back Brian Westbrook sprained his ankle last week against Pittsburgh. He only has 205 yards from scrimmage in three games but still scored five touchdowns. If he can't play, Correll Buckhalter will pick up the slack. Donovan McNabb has a bruised chest but is expected to play. He has come out of the blocks extremely hot, throwing for five touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes. Guard Shawn Andrews (back) will be watched closely to see if he can play. Fullback Tony Hunt is recovering from a concussion. Rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson (17 catches for 256 yards) has led the Eagles in receptions while Kevin Curtis has been down with a hernia. Tight end L.J. Smith has a balky back. Brent Celek will see more action if Smith isn't ready to go.

DT Tommie Harris
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With nickelback Brandon McGowan (ankle) out for the season, Danieal Manning stepped up last week and provided a few of the rare pressures applied to Brian Griese. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) remains a huge question mark in the middle of the Bears defense. He has done very little to distinguish himself through the first three games. Alex Brown is recovering from a mild ankle injury and is expected to be ready for Sunday night. Vasher has been troubled by a sore shoulder but is improving.

The Bears took the run away from Tampa and forced them to pass. The Bucs obliged them. Philadelphia's weapons are much more dangerous, and McNabb can make time for himself by moving around in the pocket much more than Griese. There were clearly things the Bears were doing that became too predictable last week. The Bears will need to change things up in terms of coverage, technique and disguise.

Michael Nudo writes his Injury Report Analysis feature every Friday exclusively for

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