Bears proclaim faith in Cody Parkey, but ‘if you’re our guy, make those kicks’

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Bears kicker Cody Parkey lines up before a field goal attempt Sunday. |
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Cody Parkey made eight consecutive field goals after hitting the uprights four times — on two field goals and two extra points — Nov. 11 against the Lions.

He has missed two of his last three field goals, however, including a 37-yarder that went wide right Sunday against the 49ers.

Special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor said Thursday that Parkey missed the sweet spot, causing the ball to leak right.

“We’ll expect him to make the kicks when he’s supposed to,” Tabor said. “I’m looking forward to this week for him.”

He has one game left to instill further confidence before the Bears’ playoff push.

Among kickers with at least 15 attempts, he’s fourth from the bottom with a 75.9 conversion percentage. Parkey has made only 22 of 29 kicks; the top six kickers, in terms of percentage, have missed seven combined.

Tops on the list: former Bears kicker Robbie Gould, who leads the NFL by making 97 percent of his field goals for the 49ers.

“Some of those misses have been very disappointing,” Tabor said. “You can only learn from them. You can’t dwell on them. The hard part in our world is you have to make those, and he understands that.

“We have to keep staying the course, and we have confidence in him. That’s not going to waver with me or [coach Matt Nagy]. He’s our guy, but at the same time, if you’re our guy, make those kicks. And he’ll do that.”

A-Rob sits again

For a second consecutive day, wide receiver Allen Robinson sat out practice with sore ribs.

The Bears could be tempted to sit him Sunday against the Vikings and save him for the playoffs, but Nagy said he’s still in consideration to play. If Robinson says he feels better at the end of the week and the trainers deem him safe to go, Nagy said he’s prepared to play him.


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“If he can help us in any way, let’s go,” Nagy said. “If he can’t, it’s the next guy up.”

Robinson hurt his ribs diving for a 43-yard catch against the 49ers. He was evaluated in the injury tent, then the locker room but returned to finish the game.

Jackson, Lynch still out

Safety Eddie Jackson (sprained right ankle) and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (sprained right elbow) didn’t practice Thursday, either — and haven’t at all since suffering their injuries against the Packers. The Bears figure to be conservative with both, hoping to get them ready for the playoffs.

Safety DeAndre Houston-Carson missed practice with an illness, and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols was limited a second straight day with a knee injury.

By rule, the Bears aren’t required to list guard Kyle Long, who is still on injured reserve, on their injury report. He could play Sunday after working his way back from a foot injury.

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