CHICAGO - Chicago Bears star receiver Allen Robinson is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, throwing his status for this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints into question.
He was hurt late in their lopsided loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night and left the game. Robinson’s face hit the field when he was tackled on a helmet-to-helmet play by safety Nick Scott on a fourth-down catch with about four minutes left, and an official sent him to the sideline. The Bears (5-2) lost 24-10 and fell out of the NFC North lead.
Not having Robinson available to face the surging Saints and their top 10 defense would be a big blow for an offense that ranks among the NFL’s worst. Coach Matt Nagy said the Bears are preparing for whether he plays or not.
“It’s always gonna hurt you,” he said. “You look at it from a defensive perspective, there’s a lot of games that we go into where these teams have to change their game plan as to how they’re gonna play against him.
“From our end, when we’re talking about scheming, we have to make sure that we’re scheming for both sides of it. We’ve got to be prepared that he is playing and then we’ve got to be prepared that he’s not playing.”
A Pro Bowl pick with Jacksonville in 2015, Robinson has been the Bears’ most reliable playmaker since they signed him in 2018. He is eighth in the NFL in catches (44) and yards receiving (544) this season.