Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Claypool Misses Practice

The Chicago Bears could be without their trade deadline splash for their Week 16 showdown with the Detroit Lions. Wide receiver Chase Claypool missed practice on Wednesday, casting doubt over his availability for Sunday's game.

Claypool has been unavailable since suffering a knee injury in the Bears' Week 13 28-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He has nabbed 12 receptions for 111 yards in five appearances since joining the Bears via trade earlier this season. 

The Bears have put together perhaps the NFL's worst passing attack this season, and Claypool's absence isn't likely to help things. The Bears rank dead last in net passing yards, sack rate, and interception rate. The team sports an NFC worst 3-12 record as a result.

The Bears acquired Claypool from the Steelers in November in exchange for a 2023 second-round pick that threatens to be as high as 34th overall. Claypool has disappointed so far, averaging a mere 5.0 yards per target and 22.2 receiving yards per game. The Bears will have another low-cost year on his rookie contract before he hits unrestricted free agency in 2024.
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