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Matt Barkley took over quarterback duties for Chicago after a second-quarter injury to Brian Hoyer.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Hoyer officially ruled out with a left arm injury. The Bears' emergency quarterback, if it reaches that point, is likely wide receiver Cameron Meredith, who played QB in college at Illinois State before switching to WR.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Bears QB Brian Hoyer has been declared out for this game with a left arm injury. If the diagnosis is serious, it will prevent the Bears from having to make a decision on whether he should remain in the lineup when Jay Cutler is healthy and ready to return.

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Watching hockey and baseball. Looks like I'm missing another high scoring, exciting Thursday NFL game!!!!!

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Don Jackson is back on the Packers' bench. He's flexing his left hand, which doesn't have any wrap on it.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Perennial Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long is currently out of the game with an undisclosed injury. Veteran Ted Larsen is in the game at right guard for Bears. Long has been battling multiple injuries, including a torn left labrum.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers RB Don Jackson has a hand injury, his return is questionable. Knile Davis is the only running back left at this point.


That was Matt Barkley's first completion since Nov 3, 2013 for the Eagles at the Raiders.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears used a "rover" coverage to get off the field on third down. With man-coverage across the board, Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman is free to read the QB and "wall-off" (or rob) the slant. That's a good call versus Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to take away inside breaking routes. And it's the same scheme the Cowboys used last week to limit the Packers three-step passing game. It's still a 3-0 Packers lead in the second quarter.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Don Jackson just ran into the Packers' locker room. No announcement on an injury yet. Next up: Knile Davis?

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

With Brian Hoyer back in the locker room, Matt Barkley takes over at QB for the Bears. Hoyer's last completion came on Nov. 3, 2013 while he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Eddie Lacy was averaging 5.1 yards per carry for the Packers this year. So far tonight, Aaron Rodgers is averaging 4.8 yards per pass attempt.


Matt Barkley is the Bears backup if Brian Hoyer can't return. Barkley has never thrown a TD in the NFL (0 TD, 4 Int in 50 career attempts)

Matt Bowen @MattBowen41

Packers are sold on making the Bears DBs tackle with the quick passing game. Slant, out, hitch, flat...

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

There was a time when QB Matt Barkley was projected as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the draft. It appears he is about to enter tonight's game for the Bears, who are his third team in three years. This could get ugly quickly.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer is down on the field after a hard hit on 3rd down. Hoyer being helped back to the bench. Matt Barkley is the Bears' backup QB tonight.

Field Yates @FieldYates

Bears QB Brian Hoyer is in significant pain following a third down incompletion. The only other active Bears QB tonight is Matt Barkley.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

First completion of the night to Alshon Jeffery happened early in the second quarter. Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer entered the game completing 64.7 percent of his pass attempts to Jeffery. So far tonight, Jeffery is 1-for-5 when targeted.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Aaron Rodgers threw 18 passes in the first quarter for the Packers. Multiply that out by four quarters and, well, you've got a lot. My math says it would be 72 attempts.