MINNEAPOLIS -- Bears cornerback Tim Jennings said after the Bears' 21-14 loss against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday that he's recovering from a dislocated right shoulder.
Jennings injured his shoulder last week in the Bears' loss against the Seattle Seahawks, making a tackle late in the fourth quarter. He missed every practice before the Vikings game, but was officially ruled out on Friday.
Jennings, though, said he always hoped that he might be able to play against the Vikings. Veteran Kelvin Hayden started in his place.
"I always think there is a chance," said Jennings, who leads the NFL with eight interceptions. "Later in the week, it was getting better each and every day, but the coaches decided to let it heal, which is smart because I still have a little soreness in there."
"Like I said, I still have some soreness in there," Jennings said. "I just need to continue to rehab, continue to let it heal and try to get my range all the way back.
"I don't have my range of motion all the way back. [Playing] will depend on how this week goes with the range of motion and the soreness."
Jennings is just one of a handful of defensive players with injuries right now. Of course, linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) sat out against the Vikings, but defensive tackle Stephen Paea (foot) also missed the game.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton (shoulder) and defensive end Shea McClellin (knee) were hurt Sunday. They were officially called questionable.
Reserve safety Craig Steltz (chest) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (knee) also suffered injuries and ruled out after halftime.
"It's always tough when you can't be out there to contribute," Jennings said. "The fact that we didn't win made it tougher. But that's the way it goes in the NFL. I have to deal with it.
"I just have to go back to work with my rehab and treatment and try and get there next week."