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Bushrod 'encouraged' after practicing

Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and hopes to play Sunday against the Dolphins after missing the last two games with knee and ankle injuries.


Jermon Bushrod
"It felt how I thought it would," Bushrod said. "It felt good enough to go out there and practice about half the time. We'll get out there and do a little bit more tomorrow, making sure that it's feeling good in the morning. I'm encouraged right now, but we've got to take this thing one day at a time."

Bushrod was injured Oct. 1 in practice when a teammate rolled up the back of his leg. It snapped a streak of 74 straight starts dating back to 2009 when he was with the Saints. The 6-5, 320-pounder has anchored the Bears' line since arriving as a free agent in March 2013.

"It'd be great to have him back," said coach Marc Trestman. "We'll see where it goes. He's a valuable guy on our football team. We've seen that we can go the distance and we've gotten other guys work and moved people around to do that, but we want everybody to get well and we certainly want 'Bush' to be back as well."

Right tackle Jordan Mills was held out of practice with a foot injury. He had surgery on the same foot after injuring it in last year's season finale against the Packers.

"We gave him some time off today," Trestman said. "He was at practice and was there, did some limited things. But we kept him out today. We'll see where he is tomorrow."

Receiver Marquess Wilson did not practice Wednesday, although he was eligible to do so for the first time since being placed on injured reserve with the designation to return after breaking his collarbone Aug. 4 in training camp.

"There's a whole plan involved here to when he can start to work when we want him to start to work," Trestman said. "That will take place, really get started, in the next two to three weeks. He's getting a lot of work with the trainers and working out with [strength and conditioning coordinator] Mike [Clark] and so forth. But it's all part of the timing issue of when he can come back as much as anything."

Wilson is not eligible to play in a game until the Bears visit the Packers Nov. 9 in Green Bay.

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