The return to health of the Bears’ wide receivers likely doesn’t bode well for Kevin White’s chances of playing Sunday.
Allen Robinson, who missed the last two games with a groin injury, was a full practice participant Thursday. So was Taylor Gabriel, who had been limited Wednesday with a knee injury.
White, the Bears’ 2015 first-round pick, was a healthy scratch against the Bills for the first time in his career. Asked about White, coach Matt Nagy offered little indication that the team’s plans had changed. He claimed Robinson’s return to health was beside the point.
“Nothing’s really changed for Kevin,” he said. “Kevin’s worrying about doing what he can do as best as he can, and however that fits into what we do, he’ll do that.
“He’s been great. He really has. Each of those wide receivers brings his own strengths and weaknesses. We just try to fit how they work into that, and with [Robinson] being back at practice, nothing changes.”
Nagy said tight end Adam Shaheen did well in his return to practice Wednesday after spending the first nine-plus weeks of the season on injured reserve with an injured right ankle and foot.
“I thought he looked good,” Nagy said. “We have a bunch of guys, unfortunately, that have a little something wrong with them. But to get them all back out there at the same time was nice to see.”
Shaheen practiced Thursday, too. The Bears have three weeks to activate him, though it seems unlikely he’ll play against the Lions.
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For a second consecutive day, defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee), tight end Ben Braunecker (concussion) and guard Eric Kush (neck) practiced in full. Tight end Dion Sims remains out with a concussion.
† Count defensive coordinator Vic Fangio among those who were not amused by outside linebacker Aaron Lynch’s crotch-thrusting sack dance.
“Don’t like it,” Fangio said. “It was embarrassing.”
† On Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s SiriusXM show, “Basketball and Beyond With Coach K,” Mike Ditka said quarterback Mitch Trubisky is “maturing into one of the best quarterbacks in football” and the Bears are “probably gonna win their division.” Krzyzewski, a Chicago native, singled out running back Tarik Cohen, who is “so damn tough.”
† Players donated $291,600 and the coaches and front office gave $19,550 to the Bears’ social-justice causes, the team said. With matching grants from the team and the NFL Foundation, the Bears will donate a total of $813,850, split among five groups: By the Hand Club for Kids, Kicks 4 the City, SAGA, YWCA Lake County and My Block, My Hood, My City.