Bears' Jared Allen confident he'll play

Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen, who missed last week's contest with pneumonia, says he'll be ready to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jared Allen is confident he will be ready to play this week for the Chicago Bears after missing a game because of pneumonia.

The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end is feeling "much better" after sitting out Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers. He returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis and hopes to be ready when the Bears visit the Carolina Panthers this week.

"I've been having good workouts the last couple of days, just progressing, slowly going up," Allen said today. "I did the individual today and did a workout on the treadmill, felt good. I'm more concerned about recovery time with my lungs. Everything feels good right now, I'm going to go get another lift in now and so I think it's just eating and re-hydrating and getting all that weight back on and hopefully I'll be back up by this weekend."

There was more good news on the illness and injury front for the Bears. Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall (ankle) went through a full practice, as did safety Chris Conte (shoulder).

"That’s the first time [Marshall has practiced} in a while," coach Marc Trestman said. "You saw them [Marshall and Alshon Jeffery] out there working in individual and they were both at full speed. They both got through practice. Brandon got through practice, did everything. That’s a good sign."

Center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson, sidelined since the opener by ankle injuries, were limited as was defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion). Both Slauson and Ratliff said they expect to play on Sunday.

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