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Bears ILB Nick Kwiatkoski will miss his 4th straight game today against the Ravens with a chest injury. He returned to limited practices this week, which bodes well for a Week 7 return against Carolina. Christian Jones should start next to Danny Trevathan against Baltimore, with Trevathan the only 1 you'll want to use in your IDP lineup.

Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. He put in limited practices all week after being sidelined since a Week 2 chest injury. IDP owners should seek a better option, as it's tough to know what Kwiatkoski's playing time will look like even if he's active.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton has a torn groin and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to insider Adam Jahns. Wheaton hasn't been able to stay healthy since arriving in Chicago, undergoing an appendectomy, breaking his finger and now suffering this groin injury. Wheaton has made just 1 catch through 3 games and shouldn't be on any redraft radars. His absence leaves Kendall Wright, Tre McBride and Josh Bellamy as the Bears' top 3 WRs.

Bears ILB Danny Trevathan had his suspension reduced Tuesday from 2 games to 1. The league disciplined him for a hit on Packers WR Davante Adams last Thursday that drew a personal-foul call but didn't get Trevathan ejected. It's the 2nd league suspension trimmed this season under still-evolving rules on illegal hits. Bengals OLB Vontaze Burfict saw a 5-game ban cut to 3 at the start of the season. Trevathan will be the top IDP LB in Chicago again after he sits out this Monday night's matchup with Minnesota.

ESPN's Dan Graziano and Adam Schefter report that the Bears will start QB Mitchell Trubisky in next Monday night's game against the Vikings. So the plan to let the rookie redshirt this season lasted 4 weeks. QB Mike Glennon has been a turnover machine, tossing 5 INTs and losing 3 fumbles in 4 games. There will be a learning curve for Trubisky, but he looked excellent this preseason, completing 36 of 53 passes (67.9%) for 364 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs. He also added 48 yards on the ground. Trubisky won't be a Week 5 fantasy option, but he can only help this Bears offense going forward.

The Bears placed S Quintin Demps on IR late Friday with his broken left arm. The team could still bring him back after 8 games. He's certainly not worth clinging to on IDP rosters, though.

The NFL has suspended Bears ILB Danny Trevathan 2 games for his controversial hit that knocked Packers WR Davante Adams out of Thursday night's game. Trevathan now has until the end of Wednesday to file an appeal. We'll see how the situation plays out.

Bears S Quintin Demps fractured his left forearm in Sunday's win over the Steelers, the team announced Monday. HC John Fox said he doesn't know yet whether Demps will hit IR. For now, the veteran is out "indefinitely." Chicago is expected to start Adrian Amos in Demps' spot Thursday night against the Packers, according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll make his 2017 debut on Sunday against the Steelers. Wheaton isn’t a fantasy option but does put a bit of a dent in WR Kendall Wright’s target projection.

Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) was removed from the final Week 3 injury report. He got in a full practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. It all makes him easier to trust in fantasy lineups, although we’d still consider him just a RB2 against a tough Steelers defense.

Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited on Thursday for the 2nd straight practice. It's looking like he'll play vs. Pittsburgh on Sunday -- but at far less than 100%. Tarik Cohen is the better fantasy bet in the Bears backfield both in PPR and non-PPR leagues.

Bears RB Jordan Howard had his right arm in a sling after Sunday's loss to the Bucs, according to insider Brad Biggs. Howard was limited all last week and listed as questionable for Week 2. He ended up carrying just 9 times for 7 yards. He was never announced with an injury on Sunday but didn't record a touch in the 2nd half. We'll look for an update on Monday and monitor his status throughout the upcoming week.

Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski left in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with a pectoral injury. He's questionable to return. Kwiatkoski started in place of LB Jerrell Freeman, who went on IR with a torn pec.

Bears CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) is out for the 2nd straight game Sunday against the Bucs. OLB Leonard Floyd (back) is active, though, after entering the day questionable.

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Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. We’ve heard nothing to suggest the shoulder will be an issue. But Tarik Cohen’s emergence has Howard sitting in RB2 territory in our Week 2 rankings.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) is inactive for today’s game against the Bucs. That leaves Kendall Wright as the best target bet among Chicago WRs. RB Tarik Cohen and TE Zach Miller should also be busy in the passing game.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) a "much longer shot" than RB Jordan Howard to play today against the Bucs. It's a bit surprising after Wheaton put in 3 limited practices this week, but perhaps that broken pinkie isn't quite ready yet. We'll have his official status by noon ET today.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is expected to play against the Bucs today. There's never been much concern about his availability. RB Tarik Cohen is a bigger issue for Howard's fantasy stock than the shoulder. Consider him a RB2 for Week 2.

Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs after a limited week of practice. HC John Fox has expressed no concern about Howard’s status. Keep him penciled into fantasy lineups, but check back on Sunday morning to make sure he’s active.

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) put in a limited week of practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. We’re expecting him to play, but Wheaton shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups. His return would put a dent in whatever fantasy value WR Kendall Wright had.


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