While defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano tried to leave a door open for Roquan Smith’s return — “We’re still holding out hope, you know?” he said — it’s likely the Bears will be without the inside linebacker. Smith suffered a grisly elbow injury against the Packers. Receiver Darnell Mooney hurt his ankle in the game. Both missed practice for the second consecutive day.
Returner/running back Cordarrelle Patterson missed his second consecutive practice for personal reasons, and cornerback Buster Skrine remains in concussion protocol.
Receiver Allen Robinson missed practice with a hamstring injury, but he’s still expected to play Sunday. The Bears have kept him out on Thursdays the last three weeks.
Cornerback Jaylon Johnson was limited for the second consecutive day with a shoulder injury. Inside linebacker Josh Woods (toe/glute), who would be Smith’s replacement, and cornerback Duke Shelley (knee) were limited.
Saints defensive lineman Trey Hendrickson, who is tied for second in the NFL in sacks, missed practice with a neck injury.