Chicago Bears running back Raquan Smith and cornerback Jaylon Johnson are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans as they deal with injuries.

Smith has not practiced all week as he recovers from a hip injury sustained in the Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers. During Friday’s practice open to the media at Halas Hall, he was in uniform stretching with the team, but the Bears marked him as a “non-practice” because he didn’t take reps in team drills.

Coach Matt Eberflus said putting Smith on the questionable list means he has a 51 percent chance to play.

“We’re excited to have him there for the week and we’ll have to see if he goes up or down,” Eberfluss said. “He’s working on the game and we hope he’ll be there.”

The Bears will already be thin at linebacker because they will be without Matt Adams, who played 31 percent of the snaps against the Packers but is out with a hamstring injury this week.

The Bears could turn to undrafted rookie linebackers Jack Sanborn or Sterling Weatherford and have veteran Joe Thomas on their practice squad. Eberfluss said he thinks Sanborn will be ready when needed on defense and added he had a good week of practice.

“I feel confident because of everything I’ve been through so far,” Sanborn said. “Throughout training camp and practice and things like that, your confidence has to grow.”

Johnson suffered a quad injury in Thursday’s practice and did not compete on Friday. The Bears have some flexibility in how they can handle the replacement, as they move rookie Kyler Gordon from outside cornerback in the primary defense to nickel during games. Kindle Vildor plays on the outside in nickel defense.

Tight ends Ryan Griffin (Achilles) and Dane Cruikshank (hamstring) were also ruled out.

Rookie wide receiver/returner Velus Jones Jr. was limited in practice for the second straight day as he recovers from a hamstring injury, but is listed as questionable. Jones missed the first two games with an injury that has bothered him since training camp.

Jones said he feels good physically, but is trying to listen to his body as he goes through the recovery process.

“My time will come, so I just worry about the day ahead,” Jones said. “What can I do to get better? What can I do to recover faster? It’s all about focusing on the day ahead and not trying to look too far down the road.”


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