After watching Robbie Gould strain his left calf, the Chicago Bears will bring in a trio of kickers for a tryout, just in case Gould is unable to kick when the Bears battle the Green Bay Packers in a battle that could very well determine the NFC North.
According to Gould, he is fine. In fact, according to CSN Chicago, he is more than fine. He is confident.
“I’m good. Everything’s great,” Gould said at a charity event Monday night, according to CSN Chicago. “Just gotta rehab a little bit, get ready for practice this week and get ready to beat Green Bay.”
The Bears are obviously hoping that Gould will be fine and able to handle his normal kicking duties on Sunday against the Packers, as he has been one of the more reliable kickers in the league over the past seasons. But they also know how important that each game is going forward, especially following the surprising loss on the road against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.
Chicago cannot afford to go into a game, especially one as crucial as this week against Green Bay, with an injured kicker who turns into a question mark and is unable to drill a key field goal late in the game that could put the Bears on top. They must have watched what the Cincinnati Bengals did last week, having signed Josh Brown to replace the injured Mike Nugent. While the game still resulted in a loss, Brown converted all four of his field goal attempts, including a 52 yarder.
The Bears enter their Week 15 game against the Packers with a record of 8-5 and find themselves one game behind their opponents in the NFC North standings. They are still looking good for at least a wild card berth, but with the final two games against the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions, Chicago knows that they need to win at least one of those final games to have a shot at a wild card, and possibly all three to win the division.