Chicago Bears injury report: Cornerback Kyler Gordon sits out practice with hand injury

Gordon injured his right hand in Sunday’s loss vs. Packers

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyler Gordon walks off the field after the first half against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in Chicago.

LAKE FOREST – Bears cornerback Kyler Gordon sat out practice Wednesday at Halas Hall because of a hand injury.

Bears head coach Matt Eberflus declined to comment on Gordon’s injury, other than to say that Gordon would not practice Wednesday. When asked directly, Eberflus did not rule out a potential stint on injured reserve for Gordon.

“We all know it’s his hand, and I don’t have anything more than that right now,” Eberflus said Wednesday at Halas Hall.

We all know it’s his hand and I don’t have anything more than that right now.”

—  Matt Eberflus, Bears head coach

Gordon had his right hand wrapped after Sunday’s loss to the Packers. He exited the game in the second half, and backup cornerback Josh Blackwell filled in as the nickel corner in Gordon’s place.

While Gordon technically did not start in the season opener, his role as the fifth defensive back is essentially a starting role. The Bears had either Gordon or Blackwell on the field as the fifth defensive back on more than 60% of defensive snaps Sunday.

In other injury news, Blackwell (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. That could complicate the depth chart at cornerback if Gordon and Blackwell are unable to play this weekend against Tampa Bay. Linebacker Dylan Cole (hamstring) was also limited Wednesday.

Blackwell said Wednesday he’s preparing as if he’s the starter this week.

“I’ve been preparing for this moment,” Blackwell said. “We’ve been working the same way we’ve been working since we got here for OTAs. I don’t think it’s any bigger of an expectation. When your number is called, you make the most of it.”

Sean Hammond

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for the Shaw Local News Network. He has covered the Bears since 2020. Prior to writing about the Bears, he covered high school sports for the Northwest Herald and contributed to Friday Night Drive. Sean joined Shaw Media in 2016.