Chicago Bears injury report: Lucas Patrick returns to practice; Darnell Mooney, Cole Kmet remain out

Bears could be without 2 of top 3 pass catchers on Sunday

Chicago Bears guard Lucas Patrick blocks against the Denver Broncos during the second half, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023, in Chicago.

LAKE FOREST – Bears center Lucas Patrick returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. On their injury report, the Bears listed Patrick as a limited participant because of a knee injury.

A return to practice is a positive sign for Patrick, who has started 14 of 15 games at center this season. Dan Feeney is listed as the backup center if Patrick is unavailable for Sunday’s game against Atlanta. The Bears also have center Doug Kramer on the practice squad.

Receiver Darnell Mooney (concussion) and tight end Cole Kmet (knee) sat out practice Thursday. Kmet suffered a knee injury midway through a win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. He had been in the midst of a career game, totaling a career-high 107 receiving yards in the first half. Mooney reported concussion-like symptoms Monday morning after Sunday’s game.

If Mooney and Kmet are both unavailable Sunday, the Bears will be without two of their top three pass catchers. Leading receiver DJ Moore, who tweaked his ankle Sunday, is not listed on this week’s injury report.

In positive injury news, left guard Teven Jenkins (concussion) once again was a full participant in practice. Jenkins has returned to full participation this week but remains in concussion protocol. He will have to be cleared by the medical staff before he can return to game action, but his participation in practice is a positive sign.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis (rest) sat out practice Thursday. Linebacker Noah Sewell (knee) and receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (pectoral) were full participants.

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.