Khalil Mack ankle injury 2018: Bears star sits out second straight practice
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For a second consecutive day, Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack (right ankle) missed practice.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, however, said Mack could probably play Sunday against the Patriots even if he doesn’t practice all week.
“Not having been around him for a whole lot of time, I don’t really know the answer to that,” Fangio said Thursday. “But I think so.”
Mack hurt his ankle in the first half Sunday against the Dolphins. He missed only 16 snaps in the game, though. Coach Matt Nagy has described him as day-to-day, indicating the team has no long-term concerns about the injury.
He has never missed a start in his five-year NFL career.
“He’s going to handle his business,” inside linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “He’s a pro. He’s one of the best at it. We’ve got to keep moving. He knows that, the defense knows that and we know we just have to get this win with or without him on the field.”
Robinson sits, too
After being limited in practice Wednesday with a groin injury, wide receiver Allen Robinson sat out altogether.
Nagy downplayed the injury earlier in the day.
“I think he felt it a little bit in the game — but nothing too crazy,” he said. “And then over in practice, [we’re] just trying to be cautious, that’s all.”
Robinson caught a 12-yard touchdown pass on a slant route against the Dolphins, scoring for the second time in as many games.
Parkey turning the page
Special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor said Cody Parkey has handled missing the potential game-winning 53-yard field goal well.
The Bears would try it again in a similar situation, he said.
“He hit a good ball — his line was just off,” Tabor said. “In his career going in, he was 7-for-8 over 50 yards. I’ll be honest with you: I thought he was going to make it. And next time we have that situation, I know he will make it.”
This and that
Cornerback Prince Amukamara was limited for a second straight day, a good sign after he reinjured his left hamstring against Miami.
“He’s a great player for us,” Nagy said. “He’s a leader, has experience. So we were glad to see that.”
† Cornerback Marcus Cooper was upgraded to a limited practice participant as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Guard Eric Kush was limited for a second straight day with a neck problem.
† Nagy said outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was not fined for suplexing Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola. The Bears did not turn in Floyd’s roughing-the-passer penalty — in which he brushed Brock Osweiler’s helmet with his forearm — to the league office for review.
† The first thing Nagy did in his news conference was wish former coach Mike Ditka a happy 79th birthday.