Receiver Allen Robinson II (ankle) and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (groin) returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday and are listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC North showdown against the Packers.
Robinson played in all 16 games in both 2019 and 2020 and has started all five contests this year, catching 17 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown. He injured his ankle in last Sunday's win over the Raiders but remained in the game.
Hicks missed the Raiders contest after hurting his groin a week earlier on the defense's first play in a victory over the Lions. He practiced Friday for the first time since suffering the injury.
Return specialist/receiver Jakeem Grant Sr. (groin) is also questionable after being limited in practice Thursday and Friday. After being acquired in a trade with the Dolphins, the six-year veteran made his Bears debut last Sunday in Las Vegas, averaging 19.0 yards on two punt returns and 23.0 yards on three kickoff returns.
Running back Damien Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday and is not expected to play Sunday, according to coach Matt Nagy. With David Montgomery on injured reserve with a knee injury, rookie sixth-round pick Khalil Herbert appears to be the next man up in the Bears' depleted backfield.
Nagy was asked if he feels more comfortable with Herbert shouldering a bigger load after he rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries last weekend against the Raiders.
"I would say yes," Nagy said. "Last week we didn't know how that was going to go for him. I thought he did a great job.
"Coach [Michael] Pitre has done an amazing job of getting these guys ready. It's not easy, but this entire time—from OTAs to training camp until now—he's been awesome. He's built these relationships with these guys. He's prepped them. That's a huge part of development as a coach, and here we are with the situation we're in for Khalil. He gets an opportunity and the other guys, too, same thing."
The only two players the Bears have officially ruled out of Sunday's game are tight end J.P. Holtz (quad) and linebacker Caleb Johnson (knee).
Outside linebacker Khalil Mack is listed as questionable after being held out of practice all week with a foot injury he sustained two weeks ago against the Lions. The injury didn't stop Mack from dominating against his former team last Sunday in Las Vegas.
Six other Bears are questionable after being full participants in Friday's practice: Running back Ryan Nall (ankle); linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring); cornerbacks Duke Shelley (ankle), Artie Burns (foot) and Xavier Crawford (back); and safety Eddie Jackson (knee).
Bears receivers coach Mike Furrey will not attend Sunday's game due to COVID-19 protocols. His role will be filled by assistant receivers coach Chris Jackson.
For the Packers, cornerback Kevin King (shoulder) is out; tackle Dennis Kelly (back) is doubtful; and guard Elgton Jenkins (ankle) and receiver Malik Taylor (illness) are questionable.