After missing two practices this week with a knee injury, Junior Galette — the Saints’ leader in quarterback sacks — is questionable for Monday night’s game at Chicago. Saints left tackle Terron Armstead (neck) is also questionable against the Bears (5-8).
Galette sat out practice on Thursday and Friday before returning to team drills in a limited capacity on Saturday. Armstead missed Thursday but was limited Friday and Saturday.
Despite being listed on the injury report, linebacker David Hawthorne (hip), defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (ankle) and cornerback Keenan Lewis (illness) are probable. Hawthorne and Hicks were limited Thursday and Friday but fully practiced Saturday. Lewis was limited Thursday but fully practiced Friday.
Armstead and Galette were hurt in the Saints’ 41-10 loss at home against Carolina on Dec. 7. Armstead on Thursday said he anticipated playing versus the Bears at Soldier Field.
On Saturday, Galette said he would test his knee out before the Saints (5-8) kicked off Monday night to help determine whether he’d suit up for the game or not.
Armstead has been starting at left tackle for the Saints since the end of last season. Meanwhile, in his fifth year with the Saints and in the NFL, Galette tops the Saints with seven sacks, and he has also forced a career-high two fumbles. He has played for the Saints’ defense in every game the past two seasons.
For the Bears, safety Chris Conte (back) is doubtful. Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (knee), defensive end Cornelius Washington (ankle), kicker Robbie Gould (right quad) and tackle/guard Michael Ola (back) are questionable.