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The Return of the Mack: Khalil Mack returns to practice

The Bears re-welcomed their defensive star back to action on Wednesday.

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A first place position in the NFC North for the Bears could only really be boosted by the return of some of their best players. What’s that you hear? (Jams out.)

As the song would suggest, the Bears had their Return of the Mack on Wednesday, with superstar Khalil Mack practicing at full tilt. The 27-year-old had missed Chicago’s previous two games against the Bills and Jets, and is now undoubtedly chomping at the bit to begin savagely attacking quarterbacks again. First up on his ledger? Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions on Sunday: the kickoff of a crucial NFC North stretch for Chicago.

In other news not harmonized by Mark Morrison, Allen Robinson also practiced on Wednesday after dealing with a groin injury that’s sidelined him for the last two games. The Bears need their top-billed wideout moving forward and this is a great sign of his progress. Meanwhile, big tight end Adam Shaheen also participated in his first action in months after spraining his foot and ankle in August. A good indicator that Shaheen should play soon, albeit with no confirmed date yet.

Finally, after missing last week’s game in Buffalo, rookie Bilal Nichols jumped back into the Bears’ defensive line rotation. Nichols has surprised as a depth piece this season and has worked well with defensive line coach Jay Rodgers overseeing his quick growth.

Everything is coming up Bears at Halas Hall. What could go wrong?

Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network (subscribe here!), the managing editor of Windy City Gridiron, and writes for a host of other fine publications. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.