Bears stars Eddie Jackson and Allen Robinson are yet to practice this week
The Chicago Bears will have an opportunity to nail down a first-round bye when they take on the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, but they may have to do it without a couple of key players, as safety Eddie Jackson and wide receiver Allen Robinson are yet to practice this week, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Jackson is currently nursing an ankle injury he suffered in the Bears’ NFC North-clinching win over the Green Bay Packers back on Dec. 16. He has not played or practice since. Meanwhile, Robinson is dealing with a rib issue.
Prior to going down against the Packers, Jackson was enjoying a terrific season, registering 51 tackles, a sack, six interceptions, a pair of forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, three defensive touchdowns, and 15 passes defended.
Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl for his efforts.
The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was originally selected by Chicago in the fourth round (112th pick overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Robinson has been one of Mitchell Trubisky’s top targets in the passing game this year, as he has hauled in 55 receptions for 754 yards and four touchdowns in his first season with the team.
The 25-year-old signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Bears last March after spending the first four years of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including a Pro Bowl appearance in 2015 when he caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and a league-leading 14 scores.
Chicago can earn the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a win over the Vikings and a Los Angeles Rams loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
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