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NFL Injury Update: Chicago Hit Hard

Plenty of factors go into having a successful season in the NFL, but sometimes it just comes down to staying healthy. Some teams continue to rack up key injuries such as the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans. Here’s a look at this week’s NFL injury report.

With starting quarterback Jay Cutler already out for the rest of the regular season, the Chicago Bears’ offense took another blow this week as running back Matt Forte is out for two to six weeks with a sprained knee. Forte leads the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,487  and was key to the Bears in both the running and the passing game. Chicago is a 3.5-point underdog at 5Dimes heading into Denver to play the red-hot Broncos.

Houston’s bad injury luck also continued last week. Down to their third string quarterback in T.J. Yates, Houston will likely be without Andre Johnson this week as he is considered doubtful with another hamstring injury. Despite all of the injuries, Houston is 6-0 both SU and ATS in its last six games. The Texans are a 3-point underdog at Bovada on the road against Cincinnati this week.

Atlanta’s defensive end Ray Edwards (shoulder) was injured in last week’s game against Houston, and Edwards is currently considered questionable on the road at Carolina this week. Without Edwards, Atlanta would have a much tougher time containing Cam Newton. The Falcons are a 2.5-point road favorite at TopBet.

Minnesota is waiting on status updates on both starting quarterback Christian Ponder (hip) and running back Adrian Peterson (ankle) as both are currently considered questionable for Sunday’s game at Detroit. The Vikings are a 7-point underdog at BetOnline.

St. Louis isn’t sure who will be under center Monday night when the Rams take on the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. A.J. Feeley (thumb) is currently considered doubtful and Sam Bradford (ankle) is currently considered questionable. If Bradford can’t go, rookie Tom Brandstater could make his first career start. No line has been released on the game yet.

Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis (foot) and Green Bay running back James Starks (ankle) are both considered doubtful Sunday, but both of their teams are still expected to win comfortably. Baltimore is a 16-point favorite at home against Indianapolis and Green Bay is an 11-point favorite at home against Oakland, both at TopBet.