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Eric Kush ruled out for Bears vs. Jets; Allen Robinson, Khalil Mack questionable

Eric Kush ruled out for Bears vs. Jets; Allen Robinson, Khalil Mack questionable

Rookie second-round pick James Daniels will make his first-career start for the Bears at left guard on Sunday against the New York Jets. For the last three games, he’s been in a rotation at the position with veteran Eric Kush, often alternating drives each week.

Kush has been dealing with a stinger in his neck, and Chicago officially ruled him out of their Week 8 matchup against the Jets. Wide receiver Allen Robinson and outside linebacker Khalil Mack are both listed as questionable for the second straight week, and both were able to play last Sunday against the New England Patriots with the same injury designation.

Kush had only allowed three quarterback hurries in six games this season, according to Pro Football Focus, while Daniels has allowed three in the last two games. The rookie has been on the field for 51.6 percent of the team’s offensive snaps since cracking the rotation in Week 4.

Robinson didn’t play in the final 13 minutes of the Bears’ loss to the Patriots last week due after reaggrivating his groin injury. Mack continues to be “day-to-day” according to Matt Nagy with the ankle injury he suffered in Miami.

The two star playmakers will likely be game-time decisions as they were last week, but if their conditions haven’t worsened, they should see the field once again.

Returns of Anthony Miller, Prince Amukamara will give Bears a boost in Miami

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Returns of Anthony Miller, Prince Amukamara will give Bears a boost in Miami

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.

Bears injury report: Prince Amukamara, Eric Kush ailing after bye week

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Bears injury report: Prince Amukamara, Eric Kush ailing after bye week

The Bears’ Week 5 bye week didn’t heal all of their lingering injuries from the first quarter of the season.

Chicago is still one of the league’s healthiest teams, but Matt Nagy is still waiting for a pair of starters to get back to full strength.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara and left guard Eric Kush were both limited at Bears practice on Thursday, with fellow cornerback Marcus Cooper still sitting out with his hamstring injury.

Rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller has been a full participant all week, despite dealing with a shoulder injury that requires a brace.

If Kush is unable to play on Sunday because of his neck injury, rookie James Daniels would be set to make his first-career start. Either way, the second-round pick is set to continue his rotation with Kush at left guard.

The Bears signed free agent guard Bryan Witzmann this week to add an extra body on the interior if the starter is indeed sidelined.

Undrafted rookie free agent Kevin Toliver would be in line to make his second-career start at cornerback if Prince Amukamara has to miss another game.

The limited status of Amukamara and Kush is an encouraging sign for Chicago to potentially get a pair of starters back as they head to Miami to face the Dolphins.