October 12th, 2011
by bearsbacker

Bears head coach Lovie Smith was expected to keep defensive end Julius Peppers injury status a mystery all week leading up to the Sunday night affair with the fourth place Vikings.

Surprisingly he met with the media today and told them this about Peppers, “hopefully by Friday he’ll be able to do some things and he’ll be able to go this weekend.”

Smith also said Peppers’ “knee is still sore today” and that the team “is monitoring it.”

Expect more news about his injury as the week progresses.

Backups Nick Reed and Mario Addison will likely get some reps with the first team during practice at defensive end.

It will be interesting to see if the coaches try to use DT Henry Melton at defensive end this week in practice.

If Peppers can’t return, don’t be surprised if Melton gets some time at defensive end on Sunday night.

Peppers is still one of the elite defensive ends in the NFL, so without him the Bears could be in big trouble.

Look for him to try to give it a go against the NFC North rival Vikings.

All quotes from ESPNChicago.com.

Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for Bearsbacker.com. He is also the Chicago Bears writer for NFLTouchdown.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker for up to the minute news about the Bears.

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