Bears' Jackson Still Sidelined; 3 Receivers Return

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson remained sidelined from the Bears' practice Wednesday, though the team did return its three injured receivers to work.

Jackson was seen in the team's locker room before practice and is no longer wearing a protective walking boot on his sprained right ankle. There's a belief at Halas Hall that Jackson should be able to rejoin the Bears at practice later this week and be in line to play against the Eagles in a wild-card game at Solider Field on Sunday.

Jackson has missed the Bears' last two games while dealing with a right ankle sprain that he suffered in a win against the Packers on Dec. 16, going down as he was returning an interception of Aaron Rodgers. He has six picks on the season. Third-year safety Deon Bush has assumed Jackson's place on the defense.

Receivers Allen Robinson (ribs), Anthony Miller (left shoulder) and Taylor Gabriel (ribs) each returned to practice Wednesday, marking positive steps forward. 

Robinson suffered his ribs injury during the Bears' victory over the 49ers on Dec. 23. Though he did play the remainder of that game, Robinson was held out of practice all last week and didn't play against the Vikings on Sunday. He has 55 receptions for 754 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games. Miller experienced an issue with his left shoulder at Minnesota on Sunday, hurting the same shoulder he dislocated earlier this season. Gabriel suffered a ribs injury catching a 40-yard completion Sunday and was held out for the entire second half.

The Bears were also without outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, who's still dealing with a right elbow sprain that he suffered on Dec. 16. Lynch has three sacks on the season, his first in Chicago.

There will be two more practices for the Bears this week, with their formal injury designations set for Friday afternoon.

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