Chicago Bears Head Coach John Fox shared some positive news regarding the potential return of inside linebacker Danny Trevathan, who returned to practice for the first time since the bye week:
John Fox on Danny Trevathan: "We could potentially have him back this week."
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) November 29, 2017
John Fox on Danny Trevathan's return to practice: "I thought he looked good today. Anytime you have a starter out it can be problematic. We could potentially have him back this week." #SFvsCHI
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 29, 2017
Trevathan is still listed on the injury report as limited, so he’s not completely out of the woods yet. However, simply showing up on the practice field – in any capacity – is a step in the right direction and great new for a defense that misses his presence. Having him back against the San Francisco 49ers would be a welcome sight, as well. Trevathan hasn’t played since Week 8 when he played through a calf injury suffered against the New Orleans Saints. The injury worsened in the days after the game and has been held out of practice since.
The Bears have gone winless in three games since the bye, with the defense taking a brunt of the punishment. Opposing offenses have averaged 27 points and 371.3 yards per game since the bye – or 57.6 yards and 5.7 points more than what opponents average when Trevathan has played.
JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago has the rest of the Bears’ injury report, which is quite a doozy:
Bears injury report:
Sitton – concussion – DNP
Amos – hamstring – DNP
Houston-Carson – ankle – DNP
Compton – ankle – limited
Robertson-Harris – hamstring – limited
Trevathan – calf – limited
Callahan – knee – limited
Bellamy – concussion – full
Irving – knee – limited
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) November 29, 2017
Safety Adrian Amos (hamstring, did not practice) and outside linebacker/edge defender Isaiah Irving (knee, limited) are new additions to the injury report. Amos has been one of Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded safeties since replacing Quintin Demps in the starting lineup. Irving was one of the candidates to see an increase in playing time as an outside linebacker with Leonard Floyd landing on injured reserve.
Cornerback Bryce Callahan returned to practice at the end of last week, but continues to be limited. As do offensive lineman Tom Compton and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris.
Wide receiver Josh Bellamy (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, which puts him on track to return to action on Sunday against the 49ers. Bellamy has started three games at receiver, but has mainly been a special teams contributor this season. He has played at least 50 percent of the team’s special teams snaps in four of his last five games. The Bears could use help at receiver after waiving Tre McBride on Tuesday.