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Bears center Lucas Patrick (back) and fullback Khari Blasingame (shoulder) both were full participants in practice Saturday and were not given injury designations for Monday night's game in Minnesota.

Cornerback Tyrique Stevenson was listed as questionable after hurting his ankle in Saturday's workout, and both running back D'Onta Foreman (ankle/shin) and offensive lineman Larry Borom (illness) were both originally listed as doubtful, but all three players were downgraded to out Sunday afternoon and won't travel with the team to Minneapolis.

Rookie linebacker Noah Sewell has been ruled out of his second straight game with a knee injury he suffered last week in practice.

Stevenson has started all 11 games this season, registering 61 tackles, one interception, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble. The rookie second-round pick generated two takeaways in last Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Lions with his first NFL interception and a forced fumble on a kickoff return.

Coach Matt Eberflus feels that Stevenson has had a solid first pro season.

"You play corner in the NFL as a rookie, first of all they're going to highlight you and they're going to come at you the first half of the season," Eberflus said. "They're going to test your water and see what it's like. And I think he's responded. He's had some battles. He's lost some of those battles. He's won a good portion of those.

"The biggest thing with him is you have to learn. You have to keep learning and put it in your file so you become a better pro. What's really good about him is he plays one play at a time. He flushes the play and goes to the next one, good, bad or indifferent. That's what you have to be as a corner; you have to have a short memory and keep moving."

Stevenson likely will be replaced by fellow rookie Terell Smith, a fifth-round pick from Minnesota. Smith played sparingly against the Lions after missing the previous five games due to mono.

In the last three contests Smith played before getting sick, he produced 21 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

"Terell has looked good all the way back to training camp," Eberflus said. "He's mature beyond his years. He takes things in stride. He takes coaching really well. So coach [Jon] Hoke's a really good corners coach for a long time, and he's done that for a while. He really soaks everything in. He's technique-sound, fundamentally sound and he's got really good speed. We like his size, being able to play against bigger receivers. That's kind of a trend in the league, those big-type receivers. He does a good job against those guys."

For the Vikings, receiver Justin Jefferson (hamstring), defensive tackle Khyris Tonga (knee) and cornerback Akayleb Evans (calf) are questionable.

It's unclear whether Jefferson play Monday night against the Bears. The Vikings star receiver has been sidelined since hurting his hamstring Oct. 8 in a loss to the Chiefs.

"We know that having Justin Jefferson out there gives us the best chance to win," said Minnesota coach Kevin O'Connell. "But the big picture with this player—he means the absolute world to me and this organization—we're going to do what's best for him."

Like the Bears, the Vikings also have a bye following Monday night's game.

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