Bears quarterback Justin Fields returned to full participation in practice Wednesday for the first time since injuring his ankle on Dec. 20.
Head coach Matt Nagy said earlier Wednesday that he expects Fields to start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Fields had still been dealing with some pain in his ankle as recently as last week, the rookie said. He has missed two consecutive games due to the injury.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Robert Quinn, who just set the Bears single-season sack record last week with his 18th sack – sat out practice with an injured shoulder. Tight end Jimmy Graham (rest), receiver Jakeem Grant (ankle) and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle) also sat out practice Wednesday.
Nose tackle Eddie Goldman (finger) and defensive back Duke Shelley (heel) were full participants despite lingering injuries.
In Minnesota, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins returned to the practice field after missing one game due to COVID-19 protocols. Cousins was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, but Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said he expects Cousins to start the season finale.