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Cole Kmet good to go for Falcons game | Injury Update

Bears tight end Cole Kmet
Bears tight end Cole Kmet

Bears tight end Cole Kmet (thigh) was a full participant in Friday's practice and was not given an injury designation, meaning that he will play in Sunday's game against the Falcons in Atlanta.

Kmet exited last weekend's contest versus the Lions on the Bears' final drive after colliding with cornerback Jeff Okudah. The third-year tight end did not practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday.

Kmet has caught five touchdown passes in the last three games. His five TDs this season are tied for the second most among NFL tight ends with the Ravens' Mark Andrews, behind only the Chiefs' Travis Kelce, who has eight.

Kmet was also named an honorary captain for Sunday's game in Atlanta.

"He's been playing really well the last few weeks," said coach Matt Eberflus. "He stands for everything we believe in. He's passionate about the game, he's a great teammate, works hard every day, same guy every day and we love where he's at and where he's going right now."

After catching two TD passes as a rookie in 2020, Kmet did not get into the end zone all of last season and the first seven games this year. But the former Notre Dame standout maintained a positive attitude throughout his drought.

"I call it a mature competitor," Eberflus said. "A mature competitor is able to come to work every day, have adversity and success and treat those two the same. In football and in life you're going to have those things, so the ability to do that is what I call a mature competitor. It takes a strong person that believes in himself and believes in others around him and believes in what he stands for. That's hard work, functional intelligence, the ability to execute, and that's what he has."

In other injury news, receiver N'Keal Harry (illness) and safety Dane Cruikshank (hamstring) have been ruled out of the Falcons game.

Right guard Teven Jenkins (hip), defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (knee) and cornerback Kindle Vildor (ankle) are all questionable after practicing without restrictions Friday. All three missed last Sunday's game against the Lions.

After being limited Wednesday, cornerback Kyler Gordon (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday and Friday and was removed from the injury report.

For the Falcons, tight end Felipe Franks (calf) was ruled out; and cornerback A.J. Terrell (hamstring) and safety Erik Harris (foot) are questionable.

The Bears practiced among the flurries at Halas Hall Wednesday afternoon as they get ready for Sunday's matchup with the Falcons in Atlanta.

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