Prince Amukamara Officially Listed Doubtful for Dallas Game

Gene Chamberlain

Bears right cornerback Prince Amukamara is doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys due to the hamstring injury he suffered in the Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions.

Amukamara did not practice the entire week but has not been ruled out.

Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and tight end Ben Braunecker are out with the concussions they suffered against the New York Giants on Nov. 24. Neither practiced this week.

Right tackle Bobby Massie is out with an ankle injury and linebacker Danny Trevathan remains out with an elbow injury.

The Cowboys had already announced linebacker Leighton Vander Esch would miss with a neck injury.

Safety Jeff Heath (shoulder) and defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (knee) are both out while running back Tony Pollard (ankle) is questionable.

The potential for blown coverages in the secondary against Dallas' passing attack looms large now for the Bears with Amukamara unlikely to play.

"That's one of those deals where if Prince is not able to go or whoever it is on the team can't, we feel like we have pretty good depth," coach Matt Nagy said.

The options for the Bears without Amukamara include Kevin Toliver at right cornerback or Buster Skrine lining up there except in obvious passing situations. Then Skrine would move back in to slot corner and Toliver would come on the field and play right cornerback. 

Another option is just playing Skrine outside at cornerback while rookie Duke Shelley plays slot corner.

Sherrick McManis has been available to play slot corner in past years but he moved to safety this year and is now on injured reserve with a groin injury. 

Cornelius Lucas will play in Massie's place for the second straight game.

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