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Friday is injury report day across the National Football League, ladies and gentlemen, and both the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears have released their final injury reports before this weekend's contest. Let's take a look at the bumps and bruises on both sides, starting with the visiting team.
The biggest name on the list is Jeffery, who was limited in practice on both Wednesday and Friday, and missed practice on Thursday with his illness. Still, he's been great against the Vikings in his career, and at this point he may be Jay Cutler's only legitimate target. I'd be surprised if he missed this one. McPhee has been battling a knee injury, but has said that he expects to be on the field on Sunday.
And now, the home team.
Smith gave it a go in practice this week, but told reporters that his leg "wasn't where he wanted it to be," so he's out for another week. Barr didn't practice until Friday, where he was limited, while Joseph was limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday. Griffen said on Thursday that he expects to play on Sunday with his shoulder issue, so it looks like the Vikings' starting defensive line might be back together again for the first time in a while.
Crichton and Smith both sat out of practice on Friday, while Barr, Johnson, Griffen and Joseph were all limited. Blanton, Sendejo, and Watts were all full participants in Friday's practice.
And that's a look at the final injury reports for both teams, ladies and gentlemen. We'll have more coverage of this weekend's game as kickoff approaches.