The Bears will get wide receiver Anthony Miller (shoulder) and cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) back for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, meaning both players who were injured in Week 3’s win over the Arizona Cardinals will only miss one game apiece.
Miller was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and hasn’t been on the Bears’ injury report since, while Amukamara practiced in full for the first time Friday since getting injured.
Amukamara was playing well before his injury, and while Kevin Toliver II held his own against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his return will provide an important boost to the Bears’ secondary with Miami receivers Jakeem Grant and DeVante Parker both full participants in Friday’s practice (both are officially questionable).
What the Bears are able to do with Miller could add another wrinkle to Matt Nagy’s offense that wasn’t necessarily there in Week 4’s 48-10 win over Tampa Bay. In Miller’s place, Kevin White (28 snaps), Josh Bellamy (nine snaps) and Javon Wims (one snap) all played more than usual.
Left guard Eric Kush also was a full participant in Friday’s practice after being limited with a neck injury Wednesday and Thursday. Expect the veteran to still rotate with rookie James Daniels at left guard on Sunday, as the Bears had the pair do in Week 4’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The only Bears player who will miss Sunday’s game will be cornerback Marcus Cooper, who remains out with a hamstring injury. Tight end Adam Shaheen, who’s on injured reserve, is “doing well,” Nagy said, but is unlikely to participate in practice next week when he’d be first eligible to do so.
“He has the ability to come back to practice if he could down the road here,” Nagy said. “We're in a point right now where we're not there yet, but whenever that time comes to Andre and we get together to talk and he says, 'Hey, I think we're ready to start practicing,' then we'll do that.”
The Dolphins are far less healthy than the Bears, with 10 players listed as questionable on their injury report and one (defensive end Cameron Wake) as doubtful. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil, though, cleared the concussion protocol and was a full participant in Friday’s practice, so he could play on Sunday (“It looks promising,” coach Adam Gase said) — though Miami’s offensive line will still be missing left guard Josh Sitton and center Daniel Kilgore.