Sendejo, who was left their Week 7 game against the Philadelphia Eagles with an ankle injury suffered in the second series, was replaced then by rookie Jayron Kearse, who earned an “average” appraisal from head coach Mike Zimmer.
But on Monday night, in Kearse’s first NFL start, he was out of position early and pulled after it cost the Vikings a 69-yard run by Chicago’s rookie back Jordan Howard. Kearse entered the game again later, but even that didn’t last long.
Kearse played only 15 snaps on defense, replaced by Anthony Harris, who played in 48 defensive snaps.
CB Trae Waynes played in only six snaps, easily his season low.
Harrison Smith, the free safety, played all 61 snaps. So did linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks. LB Chad Greenway, who comes out of the game in nickel defense, played a season-high 34 snaps as the Bears committed to running the ball, using two tight ends more than half the snaps.
The Vikings, on the other hand, hardly used a two tight end set. While Kyle Rudolph played in 93 percent of the snaps, Rhett Ellison played in only 15 percent, David Morgan in only 3 percent and FB Zach Line in only 8 percent.
VIKINGS SNAPS VS. BEARS
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