Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson expected to return to Bears practice
The Chicago Bears have stayed on the path of contending for the NFC North division title sitting atop of the standings through the first nine weeks of the season. The Bears look to have two of their primary contributors in All-Pro outside linebacker Khalil Mack and Pro Bowl wide receiver Allen Robinson back in the mix this week, according to Patrick Finley of the Chicago-Sun Times.
Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that he expects outside linebacker Khalil Mack and wide receiver Allen Robinson to practice later in the day. They missed their last two games with a knee injury and groin injury, respectively. That’s a distinct change from the Bears’ plan the last two weeks, when Mack and Robinson both sat out Wednesday and Thursday practices.
Mack has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury that has forced him out of action over the last couple of weeks. However, his early involvement in practice this week could be a telling sign that he may be able to make his return to the field in Week 10 action against Detroit Lions. He had been off to a strong start out of the gate to the season that saw notch five sacks and four forced fumbles through the first four games of the season.
However, Mack has been ailed by the ankle injury over the last few weeks that has limited his production and ability on the field to be an effective factor as a pass rusher as he hasn’t recorded a single sack since then. His involvement in practice is a promising sign of his health at this point.
Meanwhile, Robinson has also been ailed by an ankle injury that has impacted his ability to be a factor in the passing game this season. He has just 25 catches for 285 receiving yards and two touchdowns while missing each of the last two games due to the ailment. Robinson’s return will provide a significant boost to the passing attack as he has been one of the primary receiving targets.