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Shea McClellin back at practice, Vic Fangio calls him 50/50 for Monday

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Chicago Bears inside linebacker Shea McClellin, who hasn't practiced since injuring his knee against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 11, was back at practice today on a limited basis.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio calls it "50/50" on McClellin playing on Monday Night against the San Diego Chargers.

Fans are split on McClellin's growth as an inside linebacker, but the coaches are unison in praise of the job he's done. Fangio said, "He's the quarterback of the defense, and we've missed that."

A couple weeks ago head coach John Fox said they miss McClellin "from a leadership standpoint, getting guys lined up and understanding how to execute our defense is key."

When asked about the chances of playing and what missing time meant, McClellin said, "We'll see. We'll see how the rest of the week goes. It hurt missing out on the gaining experience by playing every week. I felt up until the point I got hurt I was getting better. That is my goal each week: to get better. I think being out of the lineup is tough, but it also helped me to get in my playbook and improve that way."

McClellin wasn't the only Bear limited at practice, joining him were ILB LaRoy Reynolds (knee), T Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), WR Cameron Meredith (ankle) and CB Bryce Callahan (concussion).

There were four Bears that were held out of practice, RB Matt Forte (knee), WR Eddie Royal (knee), OLB Pernell McPhee (knee) and C Hroniss Grasu (neck).

When asked about Forte's availability, Coach Fox dropped the trusty "day to day."

And just so we can end on a pleasant note, Happy National Donut Day!

Here's something to think about?

Do you call them Donuts or Doughnuts?