Bears Taking Precautions With Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson

October 31, 2018 - 1:34 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears will continue to operate the same rehab template that has been set for star outside linebacker Khalil Mack (right ankle) and top receiver Allen Robinson (groin), and it remains to be seen whether either player will suit up Sunday.

Mack and Robinson are both considered day-to-day by the Bears (4-3), but it seems the team may be more focused on the span of three division games in 12 days that follow its game at Buffalo (2-6) on Sunday.

Last week, the Bears held out Mack and Robinson on Wednesday in Thursday -- their more physical practices -- while working them in a limited role in Friday's lighter walk-through practice. That will likely be the same structure this week, Nagy said Wednesday.

Playing without Robinson for the first time last Sunday, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was 16-of-29 for 220 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bears posted 395 total yards in their 24-10 win over the Jets. The defense was solid as well, holding the Jets to 207 total yards, but the Bears have struggled to generate a pass rush since Mack initially was injured during a loss at Miami on Oct. 14, with just one sack since that time. The Bears also struggled in a 38-31 loss to the Patriots on Oct. 21.

Mack missed the first game of his NFL career Sunday to rest his ankle.

"Hopefully he's getting better," Nagy said of Mack. "I feel like he is." 

The Bears are still making a determination on the status of veteran guard Kyle Long, who injured his right foot Sunday and is in a walking boot. There's a tendon issue but no fracture for Long, Nagy said, though he declined to offer further details. The team could move to place him on injured reserve, which at this time would end his regular season but offer the chance at a return for a potential playoff berth.

"We’re still in that week-to-week thing for him," Nagy said. "We don’t know the complete extent to it yet. We just know that for him right now, we’re trying to just get through the point of figuring out throughout this week and the following weeks how long it’s going to be."

With Long sidelined for the foreseeable future, the Bears will operate with Eric Kush and James Daniels at guard. The team hasn't decided who plays at left guard and who plays right guard, Nagy said. Daniels has been rotating between the two during practice and said he's comfortable at either one.

The Bears won't yet return second-year tight end Adam Shaheen to practice, with Nagy saying he is "really close" to rejoining the team after missing more than two months with the foot/ankle injury. 

On the other side of matchup Sunday, the Bills are expected to start third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman, who has struggled tremendously in his first seven career games. Peterman has completed 45.7 percent of his passes for 360 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Derek Anderson, the Bills' backup forced into action, is currently in the concussion protocol after suffering an injury in a loss to the Patriots on Monday. While coach Sean McDermott told reporters in Buffalo the team is still evaluating Anderson's status, the Bills on Wednesday signed former Bears quarterback Matthew Barkley to their active roster.

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