Bears' Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson Could Be In Line To Return Sunday

November 05, 2018 - 11:29 am

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (670 The Score) -- Star outside linebacker Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson watched from the sidelines in each of the past two weeks as the Bears earned consecutive victories and held their place atop the NFC North.

The recovery plans for Mack's right ankle injury and Robinson's groin injury have gone as hoped for the Bears, who are hopeful that the two players can return against the Lions next week, coach Matt Nagy said after a 41-9 win against the Bills. Mack and Robinson will likely operate under the same maintenance template as the last two weeks, being held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday before doing light work Friday. 

"Both of those guys are doing really well," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said on the WBBM Newsradio 780 pregame show Sunday. "We feel really good about the direction they're heading.

"It's just a balance for us, as far as being smart as a club, as far as where they're at. But we feel good about the path they're on and where that's heading."

Mack had his right ankle rolled up during in Chicago's loss at Miami on Oct. 14. He played through the injury in that game and a week later against the Patriots but failed to register a sack or create his usual disruption. The Bears have since shut him down for the past two games.

Robinson injured his groin in that Miami game as well and aggravated it a week later against New England. Nagy has downplayed the idea that Mack and Robinson were held out the last two weeks because the Bears were facing lesser competition in the Jets and the Bills, but it has been presumed that the matchup against the Lions (3-5) was the target return date. Starting Sunday, Chicago will play three division games -- home against Detroit and Minnesota, then at Detroit -- in 12 days.

The Bears played Sunday without receiver Kevin White, who missed his first game of the season. The team made him a healthy inactive, which marks the first time that the 2015 first-round pick missed a game that wasn't due to injury.

"Nothing by any means is permanent," Nagy said of White. "He's going to just continue working hard. Kevin is in a good place and I appreciate him being that way. We're just going to keep plugging away."

Receiver Taylor Gabriel was fine after walking off the field gingerly in the fourth quarter Sunday. Tight end Dion Sims left the game with a concussion.

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