The Chicago Bears won the NFC North division for the first time since 2010 after topping the Packers on Sunday. But they did get a bit of a scare when safety Eddie Jackson left the game with an apparent leg injury. Thankfully for Bears fans, head coach Matt Nagy says that he believes Jackson did avoid anything major that would have cost him the season.
Jackson intercepted Aaron Rodgers in the endzone to thwart a comeback attempt, spraining his ankle in the process.
“I don’t think either one of the is season-ending,” Nagy told reporters on Monday. He also gave us an update on Aaron Lynch. Once again, it’s good news.
Nagy on level of concern, severity of Jackson and Lynch injuries: "I don't think either one of them is season ending."
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 17, 2018
Jackson has been one of Chicago’s defensive anchors for one of the league’s most dominant defenses in 2018. He enters Week 16 with 51 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and six interceptions. This is just his second season in the league.
With a playoff berth secure, Chicago still has a chance to secure the No. 2 seed in the NFC. They can thank the Eagles for beating the Rams on Sunday. But they will need another loss by the Rams while the Bears win out to get there. Now, the team could opt to shut down Jackson with two games remaining on the schedule. After all, it’s all about getting healthy now. The playoffs are right around the corner, and having Jackson would make a huge difference.
With their safety hurt, who’s going to lead the team celebrations now?