The Bears held wide receiver Allen Robinson out of Thursday's practice, leaving the possiblity open they could face their biggest game of the year without their biggest weapon on offense.
Robinson has a hamstring injury. It did keep him out of a Thursday practice last week prior to the victory over Jacksonville but didn't stop him from playing.
One change in practice Thursday over Wednesday was the return of defensive end Akiem Hicks from illness to a full practice. Hicks wasn't able to play the first game against Green Bay, a 41-25 loss.
Still out were cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson due to a shoulder injury and Buster Skrine in the concussion protocol. They also continue to practice without Deon Bush due to a foot injury.
"I would say they’re day-to-day, and as long as they’re not out there practicing, that’s just how our mindset is with who is out there," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "We’ve gone through a couple weeks now of those guys (not) being out there, and that's just where we're at this year, whether it’' an injury or something else."
Duke Shelley and Kindle Vildor continue to handle the positions Skrine and Johnson play.
"Those guys that have been playing have done a really good job," Nagy said. "If we're able to get those other guys back and get out there and play, it's gonna do nothing but help us.
"But you have to approach it like they're not, and then it's not a surprise if they don't play."
Five other players were limited in Thursday's practice including edge rusher Khalil Mack, who has a shoulder injury. Mack has been battling this injury for several weeks.
Tight end Demetrius Harris (foot), tackle Charles Leno Jr. (toe), tight end Cole Kmet (shoulder) and running back Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) were the others limited.
Nagy didn't sound optimistic on right tackle Bobby Massie being activated yet from injured reserve. He has begun practicing with the team after going on IR following the eighth game with a knee injury.
"I don’t know if I would go as far as to say that he's going to get in there this weekend," Nagy said. "But he's just trying right now to see what it's like to get out there.
"He hasn’t done it for a while. But it was definitely good to see him out there."