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Bears DT Henry Melton practiced Monday and said he believes he'll play in the regular-season opener.  Melton had been out since the 1st preseason game because of a concussion.  Chicago also got LB D.J. Williams back on the field from a July 31 calf injury.  The team still considers him day-to-day, though, and doesn't yet know if he'll play Sunday.  Rookie MLB Jon Bostic impressed after Williams got hurt, however, and might keep his starting job even if Williams gets cleared.  On the offensive side, Bears WR Earl Bennett expects to be ready to play after returning from his own preseason concussion.

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Bears CB Jaylon Johnson and S Tashaun Gipson landed on the COVID list Sunday, knocking them out for Monday night's game against the Vikings. Johnson is easily Chicago's top corner, so the deactivations can only enhance the matchup for Vikings WRs and QB Kirk Cousins.

The Bears have ruled DL Akiem Hicks (ankle) out for Thursday's game against the Lions. Both starting safeties are questionable. Eddie Jackson (hamstring) remained limited in practice this week after missing the past 2 games. Tashaun Gipson (chest) seems like a surprising inclusion, after the team listed him as a full participant in each practice. DeAndre Houston-Carson and Deon Bush stand by as potential replacements.

Bears DL Akiem Hicks (groin) and S Tashaun Gipson (hip) are active for today's game against the 49ers. The defense will be missing star pass rusher Khalil Mack, though.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack (foot) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Mack missed practice all week, a step down from last week, when he put in a limited Friday workout. Mack played through that questionable tag, though, and has done so multiple times this season. Also questionable for the Bears defense are: DL Akiem Hicks (groin), CB Duke Shelley (ankle) and S Eddie Jackson (knee). We'll update the statuses for all 4 on Sunday morning.

Bears DT Eddie Goldman (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Browns. That significantly damages the run defense ahead of a matchup with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Bears are also down S Tashaun Gipson (hamstring). DE Akiem Hicks (illness, knee) and S Eddie Jackson (toe) are active. Each entered the day questionable.

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