(670 The Score) As a key matchup against star receiver Justin Jefferson and the Vikings looms Sunday, the Bears could be without top cornerback Jaylon Johnson once again.
Johnson has missed Chicago’s past two games due to a quad injury, and he isn’t sure he’ll be healthy enough to go this Sunday.
“It’s hard to tell right now,” Johnson said Monday on the Parkins & Spiegel Show. “Really, I’m just trying to get better, start moving on the field, start really trying to run and do some position drills and things like that, just trying to see where I’m really at. But there’s no clear-cut answer right now. I’m just trying to see how my body responds to getting back out there and moving around and pushing myself a little more and just seeing how by body moves and how my body reacts. I feel like for me, I’m approaching every week as if I’m going to play. I’m watching my film, studying what I need to study, just trying to get my body in the best shape, put myself in the best position to succeed as if I’m playing on Sunday. And then if my body tells me no, then at least I know I’m prepared. If I can go, I’ll be out there for sure.”
Johnson recently detailed what the matchup against Jefferson means to him.
“I mean, that’s definitely the elephant in the room,” Johnson said on the Parkins & Spiegel Show on Sept. 19. “We all know that Jefferson is that guy – definitely in the NFC, but let alone in the NFC North. So, that matchup is definitely always going to be circled for me. It was him and Davante (Adams), but now that Davante is gone (to Las Vegas), he’s definitely that guy.
“I feel like I've been preparing for those big-time matchups. That’s what I prepare for my whole life, through the offseason. I know who I’m lining up against. All my preparation is for those situations like that.
“I’m just looking forward to those primetime matchups to put on display who I am as a cornerback in this league.”
The Bears (2-2) and Vikings (3-1) kick off at noon Sunday.