The Chicago Bears are as healthy as they've been in months. Only two players on the active roster sat out today's practice, while seven starters were limited.
“Really, I think all our guys are [healthier]," head coach John Fox said today. "That week off, the old adage that time heals I think is real. I see us as much improved.”
RB Ka'Deem Carey (illness) and CB Deiondre' Hall (ankle) did not suit up today. Carey's illness is new, while Hall's ankle injury has lingered for a month. He was in the locker room today with a boot still on his right foot.
The following Bears were limited participants:
DB Bryce Callahan (hamstring)
DT Eddie Goldman (ankle)
G Kyle Long (tricep)
OLB Pernell McPhee (knee)
DB Tracy Porter (knee)
WR Eddie Royal (toe)
G Josh Sitton (ankle)
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Goldman, who has been out since injuring his ankle in Week 2, is not yet at full strength.
"He’s still no 100 percent obviously and we’ll see how he progresses tomorrow and Friday to see if he’s capable of playing," Fangio said. "If he can’t do it at a good practice tempo then he probably can’t do it at game speed. So if he’s doing well in practice and he feels good about it then we can take a shot with him. If he’s so-so in practice and still hobbling a little bit then maybe not."
McPhee has been on a limited snap count the past two weeks since coming off PUP but Fangio said he's happy with his progress.
"Anytime you’ve got good players healthy that have not been healthy, that’s going to help you," said Fangio. "It was good to be able to mix them in there, particularly Pernell. I think he played 25 snaps again, which is probably a good number for him at this point. Obviously you get guys back, you’re looking for some improvement and I think Pernell has done a nice job in his two games being back. He definitely made some progress from game one to game two. Hopefully he can not suffer any setbacks and he’ll continue to make some progress, and be able to play some more and play better."
For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the following players did not practice:
G Kevin Pamphile (concussion)
RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot)
WR Russell Shepard (hip)
The following Buccaneers were limited:
C Joe Hawley (knee)
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)
Full participants were WR Mike Evans (concussion) and QB Jameis Winston (knee).