Bears' Khalil Mack (shoulder) held out of practice again

Mack is dealing with his third different injury this season but hasn't missed a game.
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(670 The Score) Bears star edge rusher Khalil Mack remained sidelined from practice Thursday due to a shoulder injury, and his status is in jeopardy for Sunday, when Chicago will host the Houston Texans.

Mack is suffering from his third different injury of the season, having previously dealt with back and knee issues. He hasn't missed a game this season. The 29-year-old Mack has 6.5 sacks but none since Nov. 1.

"It happens because he plays so damn hard, so relentless," defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said of Mack on Thursday.

"He gets himself right by Sunday, goes out there and does it all over again."

The Bears also practiced without cornerback Buster Skrine (concussion), receiver Darnell Mooney (personal) and linebacker James Vaughters (knee) on Thursday. Receiver Allen Robinson (knee), offensive tackle Charles Leno (toe) and tight end J.P. Holtz (knee/shoulder) were limited.

Star defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (hamstring) practiced in full Thursday for the first time since his injury on Nov. 16.

The Bears placed returner DeAndre Carter on the COVID-19 reserve list Thursday afternoon. He was the team's fourth player to have tested positive for the virus this week.

Contact tracing cleared the Bears to hold practice Thursday afternoon after the team initially closed Halas Hall and conducted meetings virtually due to COVID-19 concerns..

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