LAKE FOREST – Bears receiver Allen Robinson returned to practice Thursday in a limited capacity, a positive development for the team. Robinson sat out practice a day earlier because of a lingering ankle injury. The injury kept him out of practice last week, too, but Robinson played Sunday against Green Bay.
The Bears, however, were without several starters Thursday. Return specialist Jakeem Grant (ankle), defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (groin), outside linebacker Khalil Mack (foot), safety Tashaun Gipson (hip) and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) sat out practice.
This was the first time Nichols had appeared on the injury report. He was a full participant Wednesday. Mack didn’t practice at all last week but still played Sunday against Green Bay. Hicks played through a groin injury and appeared to aggravate the injury after sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Robinson, inside linebacker Caleb Johnson (knee), tight end J.P. Holtz (quad), receiver Darnell Mooney (groin) and defensive back Duke Shelley (ankle) were limited Thursday.
The Bears still are without running back Damien Williams and outside linebacker Robert Quinn, who are on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Wide receivers coach Mike Furrey returned to practice Thursday after missing time because of COVID-19 protocols.
In Tampa, receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), linebacker Lavonte David (ankle), tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs), outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/hand) and cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring) have yet to practice this week.
The Bears and Bucs play at 3:25 p.m. Sunday in Tampa Bay.