The Chicago Bears received some good news today as a number of injured players were back on the field at Halas Hall. The official injury report isn’t due until after Wednesday’s practice, but with an extra practice scheduled for today following their bye week, they seemed to be healthier than they’ve been in a long time.
Nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who has missed the last six games with a high ankle sprain, was back and he hopes to provide a spark to Chicago’s defense.
Offensive guards Josh Sitton and Kyle Long both returned after missing 2 and 1 game respectively. Wide out Eddie Royal, who missed their last 2 games with a toe injury, was back on the field today.
Cornerback Bryce Callahan, who missed their last game, was also back at practice.
The PUP listed Marquess Wilson practiced today and the 21 day window for the Bears to activate him has opened. They could activate him as soon as this Sunday to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but doing so would require a roster move.
If the Bears can stay healthy for the second half of the season, they could at the very least play spoiler for some teams, if not push for a playoff spot themselves. Seven of the Bears last eight games are against conference opponents and they play each division foe one more time. "Right now, we can be 10-6 or 2-14," Bears head coach John Fox said, "our focus is in front of us now."
"Without the bad luck we had, we'd have had no luck,” added Fox. “So hopefully that can turn for us moving forward."