Bears' Eddie Jackson Suffers Right Ankle Sprain

The Bears will monitor the status of Jackson in the coming days.

Chris Emma
December 16, 2018 - 4:26 pm
Bears safety Eddie Jackson

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Bears safety Eddie Jackson suffered what the team is calling a right ankle sprain on an interception return in the fourth quarter of a 24-17 win over the Packers at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Coach Matt Nagy acknowledged there was some relief in receiving word of the sprain for Jackson after it initially appeared he could've been more seriously injury. The Bears will evaluate Jackson's status over the next two days, he said.

"We'll see how it goes," Nagy said of Jackson's status. "We'll see how it goes and communicate more here in the next couple days and see exactly where it's at. But he's a pretty big part of this defense."

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Jackson suffered the injury while returning an interception of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a play that ended his record-breaking streak of 402 consecutive passes without throwing a pick. Though he was in the end zone, Jackson returned the ball 13 yards to the Bears' 8-yard line before going down awkwardly without contact. It was Jackson's sixth interception of the season.

Jackson told reporters postgame that he thought he'd be OK.

The injury to Jackson came as the Bears clinched the NFC North crown. With the No. 3 seed in the NFC nearly clinched, Chicago could have the luxury of resting Jackson in the coming weeks ahead of the playoffs.

Nagy will speak to reporters again at Halas Hall on Monday at noon.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​