The Bears are getting some key players back in time for a huge Sunday night clash with rival Green Bay.
Linebackers Lance Briggs and Jon Bostic practiced on Monday in the portion open to the media. Both starters have missed the last three games due to injuries.
Briggs suffered bruised ribs, while Bostic was dealing with a back issue. Kyle Fuller also took part in Monday’s practice session despite suffering a hip pointer two weeks ago against Miami.
The only notable players who will be out for some time are linebacker Darryl Sharpton (hamstring) and guard Eben Britton (appendix). Sharpton and Britton are listed as week-to-week.
For the most part, the Bears have their starters back in all three phases. Wide receiver Marquess Wilson (collarbone) looks to be a week or two away from contributing after sitting out Monday.
Jordan Mills practiced at left guard and appears to be set to start their on Sunday night, while Michael Ola takes over at right tackle with guard Matt Slauson out for the season.
“He’s got all the tools necessary to play the position,” Marc Trestman said about Mills in Monday’s press conference.
After waiting 18 days to make any roster moves due to the bye week, the Bears placed defensive end Lamarr Houston (ACL) on injured reserve. In a corresponding move the Bears promoted second-year man David Bass from the practice squad.
Bass has been stuck on the practice squad due to the depth at defensive end and that fact that he has little value on special teams. Cornelius Washington has been active on gamedays and has played very well on Joe DeCamillis’s special teams unit.
Bass could see a healthy amount of snaps with the Bears lacking a No. 3 defensive end now with Jared Allen and Willie Young in as starters. Bass appeared in 12 games, making one start, 23 tackles, a sack and an interception for a touchdown in 2013.
Second-year tackle Jason Weaver takes Bass’s spot on the practice squad. The Southern Mississippi product was waived this past May by Miami.
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