Several Bears starters sat out practice Wednesday at Halas Hall in Lake Forest.
Tight end Jimmy Graham (rest), return specialist Jakeem Grant (ankle), defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (groin), inside linebacker Caleb Johnson (knee), outside linebacker Khalil Mack (foot) and receiver Allen Robinson (ankle) all sat out practice.
Mack missed the entire week of practice last week but still played in Sunday’s loss to Green Bay. Hicks and Robinson were also banged up last week. Both still played Sunday. Hicks appeared to re-aggravate his injured groin when he sacked Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. Grant injured his ankle on a punt return Sunday. He did return to the game at a later point.
Safety Tashaun Gipson (hip), tight end J.P. Holtz (quad) and receiver Darnell Mooney (groin) were limited participants in practice Wednesday. Running back Khalil Herbert (shoulder) and defensive back Xavier Crawford (back) are dealing with injuries but were full participants.
The Bears on Tuesday placed outside linebacker Robert Quinn on the reserve/COVID-19 list. His status for Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay is in doubt. Running back Damien Williams remains on the COVID-19 list. Wide receivers coach Mike Furrey also remains absent due to COVID-19 protocols.
Running back Tarik Cohen is eligible to return off the physically unable to perform list this week, but head coach Matt Nagy doesn’t anticipate a change in status. Cohen hasn’t played since tearing his ACL about 13 months ago in Week 3 of 2020. Cohen had ACL surgery just over a year ago.
“He’s very similar to where he’s been at,” Nagy said. “The only thing I can say about him is he works hard. I see him every single day. He’s trying to do everything he can.”
Nagy also said he doesn’t anticipate a change in status for rookie offensive tackle Teven Jenkins, who is on injured reserve with a back injury. The Bears have never given a timetable for Jenkins’ return.