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Bears mulling options with ailing Mack


The Bears are in the process of determining outside linebacker Khalil Mack's playing status for Sunday's home game against the 49ers and beyond.

The six-time Pro Bowler has been hampered by a foot injury he sustained in a Week 4 win over the Lions. Since suffering the injury, Mack has been either limited or held completely out of practice but has not missed a game.

"We're working through everything right now with Khalil," coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday during a Zoom call with reporters. "As everybody knows, he's been battling through his foot injury. The last several weeks, you've seen that with practice. There's been absolutely no decisions made. We'll just kind of see where that all ends up."

Nagy was asked about Mack's status after NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted Wednesday morning that the Bears star was not expected to play against the 49ers and could be placed on short-item injured reserve to allow his foot to heal.

"He's going through with our trainers and just trying to make sure where everything's at, the doctors, mentally and physically, you go through different stages, and so we'll have those discussions," Nagy said. "We're not there yet. But literally I think we're at a point right now where it's really good for him to get as many answers as he can get with where he is at."

Mack has not allowed the injury to slow him down. He recorded one sack in each of the two games that followed the Lions contest and leads the Bears with 6.0 sacks this season.

"I really love the fact that as y'all have seen," Nagy said, "the last couple weeks he has not practiced, but he's been able to get out there on gameday and grit it out and really put together some good games and get after it, and we need that.

"But at the same point in time, when you are hurting you've got to be able to get answers and we're literally in that process right now. He's in that process with doctors and trainers. We're in that process as an organization. And we'll have to decide, 'OK, what's best for him, what's best for us,' and then we'll just see where it all ends up. So, we're probably close to getting to those type of discussions."

The Bears were back on the practice field at Halas Hall in preparation for Sunday's matchup with the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field.