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Bears RB Roschon Johnson won’t play in Week 6 vs. Vikings

Bears RB Roschon Johnson remains in concussion protocol. We discuss what it means for Week 6.

Roschon Johnson #23 of the Chicago Bears looks on during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game between the Washington Commanders and the Chicago Bears at FedExField on October 05, 2023 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images

Friday PM update — Roschon Johnson is officially out for Week 6 due to a concussion. Khalil Herbert and Travis Homer are also out. That leave D’Onta Foreman as the lead back against the Vikings.

Thursday PM update — Roschon Johnson once again missed practice on Thursday. It is looking more and more like he won’t be able to clear concussion protocol in time for their battle against the Vikings on Sunday.

The Chicago Bears will take on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6 of the NFL season. Chicago recently found its offensive rhythm, but it may be short-lived with the injuries mounting in the backfield. Starting running back Khalil Herbert is expected to miss time with an ankle sprain, and backup running back Roschon Johnson is beginning the week still in he league’s concussion protocol. If he can clear the protocols this week, he would be the starting RB against Minnesota.

Fantasy football implications for Week 6

Johnson and the Bears will face a Vikings defense that is allowing the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Despite the tough matchup, Johnson should see a heavy workload on Sunday if he is healthy. He can be started in 12-team leagues or larger as a flex option or even as an RB2 if you have other players injured or on bye.

If Johnson isn’t able to clear protocols, Chicago will likely turn to some combination of D’onta Foreman and Travis Homer to lead the backfield. I’d give the fantasy football edge to Foreman, but only as a flex play in leagues larger than 10 teams.