The New Orleans Saints have been without their star receiver since Week 1, and now, it might be time for the Chicago Bears to feel their pain.
The Chicago Bears will get to know the Saints pain on Sunday as Allen Robinson, their star receiver, is in concussion protocol and unlikely to play. Robinson has two games this season with ten or more receptions and two games with over 100 yards.
He’s been their offense’s only productive member at times. Although 5-2, the Bears aren’t one of the more higher-scoring teams so missing their best receiver will be painful for an already-struggling offense.
Khalill Mack and the Bears elite defense has been the lifeline for many of these victories. That said, obviously, Robinson’s potential absence doesn’t impact just how the Bears will enter this game.
The Saints, who have had an immense struggle in the secondary this season, can place star cornerback Marshon Lattimore on the quicker Anthony Miller instead of the bigger Robinson. Former Saint Ted Ginn Jr. may also get some run with Robinson most likely sidelined.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was the first to report the news of Robinson’s status for Sunday.
Robinson has 40 receptions for 544 yards this season. With an average yards per reception of 12.4, Robinson’s ability to get behind defenses and also in the middle of the field should hamper the Bears offense.
Along the lines of wide receivers, Michael Thomas, who was the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year last season, has missed another practice.
Having dealt with a hamstring injury and a high-ankle sprain, Thomas has yet to play for over a month. His status for this game is looking in doubt as well, but if he makes at least a limited practice soon, he’ll have a shot.
Thomas and Robinson both have massive impacts on their respective offenses, and this game won’t be as exciting if both end up missing the Week 8 action.