Bears Being Cautious With Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson

October 25, 2018 - 2:03 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears continue to term the statuses of linebacker Khalil Mack (right ankle) and receiver Allen Robinson (groin) as day-to-day, treating two of their most important players carefully with Sundays in mind.

Mack and Robinson were both held out of practice Wednesday at Halas Hall, with coach Matt Nagy indicating the Bears would operate with a designed template -- focusing on rehabilitation during practice Wednesday and Thursday and participating in parts of the lighter work Friday.

Mack followed that plan last week before playing in the loss to the Patriots on Sunday, though it became clear with another quiet performance that he isn't right yet.

"It’s not easy," Nagy said of Mack's health. "That’s where the trust level from both ends has to be there. The player has to understand where we’re coming from as a team as to where (a player is) at percentage-wise. We all know that he’s not 100 percent.

"That’s where we trust him, he trusts us and then we go ahead with the action plan, and that’s what we ended up doing."

Nagy suggested that the idea of shutting down Mack until he's 100 percent is premature, with the Bears trusting their weekly plan in protecting his health. He suffered the right ankle injury during at Miami on Oct. 14 and has yet to record a sack since. The Bears have surrendered an average of 34.5 points in their previous two games with Mack hampered after allowing 16.3 points across their first four games.

Against the Patriots, Mack dropped back into coverage 18 snaps and generated only two pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said that was part of the team's strategy against quarterback Tom Brady, attempting to alter his ability to make quick decisions and releases. Mack's health didn't alter the defensive strategy, Fangio said.

However, Mack may not be himself against the Jets and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold this Sunday.

"He’s affected by it," Fangio said.

"He’s obviously not 100 percent."

Robinson is also expected to follow the same practice plan as Mack, having sat out Wednesday's work. He felt pain to his groin muscle late in Sunday's game and was pulled out of action. The Bears then turned to Kevin White for a role at receiver.

Robinson indicated his status for Sunday is unclear when speaking on his weekly appearance on 670 The Score on Monday.

"I'm trying to get back to 100 percent," Robinson said on the McNeil & Parkins Show. "I'm not 100 percent.

"The good thing is I'm not too far off from that."

The Bears are also working cautiously with left guard Eric Kush, who has experienced stingers in his neck in the last three weeks. Kush spent a portion of Wednesday's practice riding an exercise bike.

Official game-status determinations will be made Friday afternoon after the Bears conduct a walk-through practice at Halas Hall.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​