Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus looked at a reporter after Tuesday’s Family Fest practice at Soldier Field and asked his own question.
“Have you played catcher?” he asked, putting on his recruiting hat from his days as a college coach.
No, the Bears haven’t gotten to that point yet, but their depth continues to dwindle after another wide receiver was injured during practice.
David Moore suffered an apparent injury to his right leg during one-on-one exercises, and the trainers spent several minutes examining him before calling for a cart. Moore kept weight off his leg as the trainers helped him into the cart.
Moore was one of five Bears receivers who missed Tuesday’s practice. Darnell Mooney and Equanimeous St. Brown are their two best healthy receivers, but injuries have made depth beyond that murky.
“It makes it difficult,” Eberflus said. “You lose guys on a 90-man roster and that makes it hard for the other guys. We are in that situation where we have to keep working on it. The next guy up and the whole roster will get more reps at that position.”
Eberflus didn’t have an immediate upgrade on Moore, who had 78 receptions for 1,163 yards and 13 touchdowns in four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.
But Eberflus confirmed that N’Keal Harry’s ankle injury will sideline him for a significant time. NFL Network reported that he is suffering from a high ankle sprain that could keep him out six weeks.
Byron Pringle is out with a quadriceps injury that Eberflus classified as more important than day-to-day, though he doesn’t think it will affect Pringle’s start to the regular season. Velus Jones Jr. and Dante Pettis are also out with undisclosed injuries.
Pringle and Jones worked out on the bench at Soldier Field with other injured players Tuesday.
Also worth watching is the status of tight end Cole Kmet. He was absent from team work late in Tuesday’s practice. The Bears were also without tight ends Ryan Griffin and James O’Shaughnessy.
Defensive lineman Angelo Blackson and cornerbacks Kyler Gordon and Duke Shelley were in attendance but did not practice.
“It’s just the next guy,” St. Brown said. “It’s football, injuries happen. You hate to see your teammates go down, but in the middle of practice, the next person has to step up and fill the shoes of wherever we’re lacking guys. You hate to see it and it happens every year, but yeah, people have to step up.”