|DT Dusty Dvoracek||Biceps||OUT|
|FB Jason McKie||Quadriceps||Doubtful|
|DT Anthony Adams||Foot||Questionable|
|DE Adewale Ogunleye||Shoulder||Questionable|
|LB Hunter Hillenmeyer||Achilles||Probable|
|FB Greg Jones||Ankle||Questionable|
|TE Greg Estandia||Foot||Probable|
|DT Tony McDaniel||Toe||Probable|
Bears Offense vs. Jaguars Defense
Defensive tackle John Henderson has missed a few games recently with a knee injury. To make matters worse, he missed practice time this week shaking off an illness. Cornerback Rashean Mathis was lost for the season after Monday night's game with a knee injury. Drayton Florence will step into the starting role for Mathis.
The Jaguars have been very average on defense this year. One of the keys has been their lack of pass rush (22 sacks). Jacksonville invested heavily in draft picks Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves, who have only 4.0 combined sacks. After several down offensive weeks, this should be the optimal time for the Bears to get their passing offense back on track against a Jaguars team that's struggling to retain its focus after dropping four of their last six games.
Jaguars Offense vs. Bears Defense
The Bears have lost a starter each of the last two weeks in cornerback Nathan Vasher (hand) and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek (biceps). Corey Graham replaced Vasher last week against Minnesota. The loss of Dvoracek will mean more time for tackles Anthony Adams (foot), Israel Idonije and rookie Marcus Harrison. It might even mean Matt Toeaina has an opportunity to dress on game day. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye shows up on the report this week with a shoulder injury. Ogunleye and Adams are both expected to play. Mark Anderson will see more time if Ogunleye is limited. Anderson hasn't been a consistent pass-rushing factor since his rookie season two years ago. His run defense is a serious liability.
The Jaguars have been trying to keep a balanced attack this season. It would be wise to lean heavier on the run against the Bears to protect the rib injury from which Garrard has been recovering. Look for the Bears to tighten up their run defense to ensure Taylor and Jones-Drew don't break free for long runs like the one Adrian Peterson had last week. The Bears' pass rush has shown more teeth in recent weeks. In the last two games, opposing quarterbacks have been sacked seven times in their last 61 attempts. This is an excellent matchup for the Bears, especially for interior linemen like Tommie Harris.
Michael Nudo writes his Injury Report Analysis feature every Friday exclusively for BearReport.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.