"I feel good," said McClellin, who sustained the injury Nov. 7 during practice. "I feel 100 percent and ready to get back out there and help the guys out."
|Bears defensive end Shea McClellin sacks Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers Nov. 4 in Green Bay.|
Coach Marc Trestman is cautiously optimistic that McClellin will be able to return against the Rams.
"We're got to see how he feels tomorrow," Trestman said. "He didn't get a lot of reps, but he got enough and he moved around. We'll see. We want to be patient with it. We don't want to put him out there with the possibility of him reinjuring it, so we'll just listen to the trainers and doctors and keep working with them as they tell us to. It was encouraging today, I will say that."
The news was not as positive for
"He'll be very questionable for the game on this toe that he has," Trestman said. "It's the same toe. He was in a boot today. We'll see where he is in the next couple days. But I'm not optimistic about that one. It's day-to-day."
"Like we've done, guys sometimes have to move around," said defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. "Some guys have to play a little bit more. That's kind of what we do. We ask guys to step up and be ready to go. We have guys that can play multiple positions.
"That's kind of how we go about it. We cross-train them in practice and tell guys, 'Hey, you've got to be ready to play end and tackle or three technique and nose.' Those guys do that."
It does not appear that veteran defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff will be able to make his Bears debut in St. Louis, despite practicing on a limited basis Wednesday.
"I would not say that it would be this Sunday and we'll re-evaluate it next week," Trestman said. "That could change, but to be fair with the situation, I would say that we're still a little bit away."
"We'll know more as we continue, but he is working through the protocol," Trestman said. "We're going to make sure he's safe and over this before he goes out."
"I'm really not the doctor," Trestman said. "They tell me it's week-to-week. I try not to put myself in a position where I get overly optimistic about these things. I just take them as I come, so I look at it as being week-to-week right now and we'll see where he is on Monday."
Briggs, meanwhile, is making progress from the fractured shoulder he sustained Oct. 20 in Washington and remains on schedule to return in a couple of weeks.