The Chicago Bears have already ruled out QB Jay Cutler (ankle) and LB Lance Briggs (shoulder) for Sunday's contest against the Minnesota Vikings. Josh McCown and Khaseem Greene will again replace the starters.
RB Matt Forte, who is dealing with a hyperextended knee, did not practice this afternoon, although coach Marc Trestman said he believes Forte will suit up this weekend.
"I’m still optimistic," said Trestman today. "I feel pretty god that he’ll start getting some work tomorrow, we’ll se where he’s at but I’m optimistic about that."
And if he doesn't play?
"I don’t think that’s going to happen but I can say that we’d have the two Michaels (Bush and Ford) up obviously and they would be working together in tandem at the running back position," Trestman said.
Safeties Derrick Martin (hamstring) and Anthony Walters (groin) also missed practice.
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea, who missed last week's contest due to a turf toe injury, was limited today. As was DT Jeremiah Ratliff (groin).
"Stephen was out there some today in a limited fashion and so was Jeremiah. They’ll continue to be evaluated," said Trestman. "Jeremiah has been a starter in this league and has been a highly effective player in this league. We don’t really know where he’s at right now. But we’re feeling good in some of the things we’re seeing. We feel like he can make a difference for us. He’s certainly fitting in with our locker room well. And Stephen we know has been a starter here and has had this lingering issue with his toe. He got some work today and we’ll know a little bit more as we proceed during the week."
For the Vikings, the following players did not practice:
RB Adrian Peterson, groin
CB Xavier Rhodes, concussion
CB Josh Robinson, chest
TE Kyle Rudolph, foot
WR Joe Webb, concussion
Coach Leslie Frazer said today that neither Rhodes nor Webb were able to pass the second set of concussion tests today, although they did pass the first set. Peterson has been nursing a sore groin for a few weeks but he's expected to play. Rudolphh is recovering from a fractured foot and is unlikely to play.
Limited for the Vikings was DT Kevin Williams (quadricep).
The following Minnesota players were full participants in practice:
RB Matt Asiata, shoulder
DT Fred Evans, knee
LB Chad Greenway, wrist
S Andrew Sendejo, foot
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