Bears Shea McClellin returns to practice

Chicago linebacker Shea McClellin practiced today for the first time in more than a month, plus the rest of the injury report for both the Bears and the Miami Dolphins.

Chicago Bears linebacker Shea McClellin, who broke his hand during practice a month ago, hasn’t played since Week 2. Today, he participated fully in practice, wearing a small cast on his right hand.

Coach Marc Trestman today said McClellin is not in any pain and the plan is for him to return to action this week against the Miami Dolphins.

“I don’t know whether there’s pain or not. There doesn’t appear to be,” Trestman said. “We obviously don’t want him to be working if he’s in pain. He had a small cast on his hand, which he could eventually play with. But he had full participation and had a good practice. Certainly, he was fresh.”

McClellin’s return is good news for a linebacker corps that was without its top four players in last week’s contest. Lance Briggs (ribs) and D.J. Williams (neck) did not practice today, while Jon Bostic (back) was limited.

Trestman said he doesn’t anticipate Briggs practicing tomorrow.

“I do not. It could be, but I doubt it. I doubt that he will be,” said Trestman.

Another good sign for the Bears was the return of Jermon Bushrod, who was limited. Bushrod’s knee and ankle injuries have held him out the past two weeks.

“It’d be great to have him back,” Trestman said. “We’ll see where it goes. He’s a valuable guy on our football team. We’ve seen that we can go the distance and we’ve gotten other guys work and moved people around to do that, but we want everybody to get well and we certainly want Bush to be back as well.”

Also limited today were CB Sherrick McManis (quad/knee) and S Ahmad Dixon (hamstring).

Along with Briggs and Williams, S Chris Conte (shoulder), T Jordan Mills (foot), DT Stephen Paea (not injury related) and RB Matt Forte (not injury related) also did not participate in practice today.

In regard to Mills, Tretman said the injury is to the same foot he broke in the season finale last year, a recurring malady that held him out all of the preseason.

“We gave him some time off today,” said Trestman. “He was at practice and was there, did some limited things but we kept him out today. We’ll see where he is tomorrow.”

Also not participating was WR Marquess Wilson, who is on temporary IR due to the broken clavicle he suffered in training camp and can begin practicing this week.

“There’s a whole plan involved here to when he can to start to work when we want him to start to work,” Trestman said. “That will all take place, really get started, in the next two to three weeks, in terms of his protocol, so to speak, back into the swing of things. He’s obviously getting a lot of work with the trainers and working out. But it’s all part of the timing issue of when he can come back, as much as anything.”

For the Dolphins, S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) did not practice.

The following Miami players were limited:

T Branden Albert (elbow)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
LS John Denney (knee)
CB Cortland Finnegan (neck)
WR Brandon Gibson (hamstring)
RB Lamar Miller (knee)
LB Koa Misi (ankle)
C Samson Satele (hamstring)
G Shelley Smith (knee)
QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle)
LB Phillip Wheeler (shoulder/thumb)

Dolphins S Louis Delmas (elbow) and G Dallas Thomas (shoulder) practiced in full.

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