Bears TE Dion Sims returns to practice after illness
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After practicing for the first time since Oct. 27 — albeit with an orange noncontact jersey — tight end Dion Sims said he wants to play Sunday against the Eagles.
Sims wouldn’t elaborate about the illness that forced him to miss two games after the bye, but said it weakened him significantly.
“I just felt like crap — like every day I woke up, I just felt horrible,” he said. “I didn’t feel good enough to play or practice.”
Sims said he didn’t lose any weight while he was out, “but I’m back and healthy now and ready to roll.”
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Adam Shaheen won’t lose any playing time because of Sims’ return.
“We do not want to slow down Adam’s progress that way,” Loggains said. “And he’s earned the play time the last two weeks.”
Floyd likely done
Leonard Floyd probably has played his last game this season. Coach John Fox said the team will “more than likely” move him to injured reserve after the outside linebacker hurt his right knee Sunday.
Fox didn’t rule out arthroscopic surgery to fix the medial collateral and posterior collateral ligaments in his knee. Floyd, who has 5½ sacks, was fortunate he didn’t tear his ACL on Sunday, when he needed to be carted off the field.
Special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers said he wasn’t sure why Connor Barth struggled to regain his groove before being cut Monday. He suspected that a lack of extra-point tries might have hurt his field-goal percentage.
“I think kickers would tell you that since the extra point has been moved back, some of those extra points . . . have kinda gotten them into their rhythm throughout the game if there were some things they needed to work out,” he said. “I’m not sure if that had an effect or not. He had been an accurate guy beforehand and hadn’t rediscovered that, but I’m not sure exactly what to technically attribute that to.”
This and that
Defensive end Akiem Hicks (knee), linebacker Danny Trevathan (calf), defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring), wide receiver Josh Bellamy (concussion) and defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle) did not practice.
• Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (groin), offensive lineman Tom Compton (ankle), defensive end Mitch Unrein and cornerback Bryce Callahan (knee) were limited. Fox said Inman’s groin has been sore for weeks.
• Defensive back Deiondre’ Hall practiced Wednesday for the first time since beginning the season on injured reserve with a hamstring problem. The Bears have 21 days to decide whether to move him to the active roster or lose him for the rest of the season.
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