Noots' Notes: Week 11 Injury Analysis

Michael Nudo breaks down the bumps and bruises by taking a close look at Friday's final injury report, as the Chicago Bears face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11 at Soldier Field.

Chicago Bears

Player Injury Status
LB Pisa Tinoisamoa Knee OUT
RB Garrett Wolfe Kidney OUT
TE Desmond Clark Neck Doubtful
S Kevin Payne Back Doubtful

Philadelphia Eagles

Player Injury Status
WR Kevin Curtis Knee OUT
S Quintin Demps Ankle OUT
LB Akeem Jordan Knee OUT
RB Brian Westbrook Knee OUT
CB Sheldon Brown Hamstring Questionable
DE Victor Abiamiri Knee Probable
G Nick Cole Knee Probable
DT Antonio Dixon Foot Probable
LB Chris Gocong Hamstring Probable
S Macho Harris Eye Probable
WR Jeremy Maclin Foot Probable
DT Mike Patterson Wrist/Toe Probable
OT Jason Peters Ankle Probable
FB Leonard Weaver Ankle Probable

Bears Offense vs. Eagles Defense
With reserve running back Garrett Wolfe (kidney) sidelined, Matt Forte is likely to get few breathers from backup Adrian Peterson. Left tackle Orlando Pace is expected to play after getting knocked out of last week's game. If things change, Kevin Shaffer will get the nod. Tight end Desmond Clark (neck) is having a difficult time making improvement. He's a tough player, though, and rarely misses action. Center Olin Kreutz (back) missed some practice time but is expected to play. If he has to come out, left guard Josh Beekman will slide over to center, with Frank Omiyale returning to guard.

Linebacker Moises Fokou has been starting at strong-side linebacker since Akeem Jordan (knee) has been out. The Eagles have already lost linebackers Stewart Bradley and Omar Gaither for the season to injury. Cornerback Sheldon Brown (hamstring) is making progress and might be ready to go. Injuries to safeties Quintin Demps (ankle) and Macho Harris (eye) further thin out the Eagles' secondary.

CB Zack Bowman
Getty Images: Jonathan Daniel

Look for the Eagles to use their pressuring defense to take attention away from their injured secondary. They'll want to force Jay Cutler into hurried throws and costly mistakes. Cutler has struggled in night games but is playing at home. Defensive end Trent Cole bears watching in his matchup with Pace.

Eagles Offense vs. Bears Defense
Running back Brian Westbrook is a key element of the Eagles offense. He suffered another concussion last week and isn't expected to play. His season and career may be in jeopardy. Rookie LeSean McCoy stands to get plenty of looks the rest of the way. He's the kind of shifty runner that could cause problems for the Bears if they have breakdowns in their discipline. Todd Herremans has been playing left tackle while Jason Peters has been out with an ankle injury. Peters is expected to be ready for Sunday night. Wide receiver Kevin Curtis (knee) is out. Rookie Jeremy Maclin has 18 catches for 220 yards and two TDs over the last four games.

The Bears are hoping to get strong safety Al Afalava (shoulder) back into the lineup. Backup Kevin Payne (back), however, is not making progress. Cornerback Zack Bowman left last week's game with an abdominal injury but is expected to return. The skeleton crew is already in at linebacker, where Hunter Hillenmeyer and Nick Roach are in with Brian Urlacher and Pisa Tinoisamoa out for the season.

Which Bears defense will show up on Sunday night? Will it be the team that held the Niners well in check, or will it be the defense that was roasted by the Cardinals and Bengals? Look for the Eagles to throw, throw and throw some more. Don't sleep on DeSean Jackson. The diminutive wideout is a game breaker on offense as well as special teams. Holding him in check should be a major focus for Sunday night.

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