The main goal in the Bears' meaningless season finale in Minneapolis — staying healthy — won't be achieved Sunday, as Pro Bowl special-teams ace Cordarrelle Patterson was ruled out in the second quarter with a concussion, and his KR replacement, Anthony Miller, is questionable to return with a shoulder injury.
Miller was injured on a big hit by Vikings S Andrew Sendejo on the second-year receiver's first return of the season, on the heels of Patterson getting dinged in the first quarter. Miller has had multiple surgeries on his shoulder, which he dislocated in college and tore the labrum in, in addition to enduring multiple separations during his rookie season.
The injuries are particularly disoncerting because Patterson has been among the team's more impressive performers this season, while Miller's strong second half of his sophomore campaign is one of the few bright spots on offense.
Powered by two Eddy Pineiro field goals (following two failed red-zone visits) and a safety by Nick Kwiatkoski, the Bears lead 8-3 late in the second quarter over the Vikings, who sat most of their starters — including QB Kirk Cousins — wisely opting to treat Sunday as a bye week prior to wild-card weekend, in which they're already locked in as the sixth seed.