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Parkey practices kicking at Soldier Field


After hitting the goal post on all four of his missed kicks in last Sunday's 34-22 win over the Lions, Cody Parkey returned to Soldier Field to practice Wednesday night.

The Bears kicker was accompanied by long-snapper Patrick Scales, holder Pat O'Donnell and special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor. It was the first time this season that Parkey has practiced during the week at Soldier Field.

"I guess just check all the boxes you can, right?" Parkey said. "I mean, it can't hurt. Honestly, just check all my boxes, do everything I possibly can to make kicks. I do that every single week, and this is just adding a little extra something to that."

Parkey had made all 28 extra points he attempted in the Bears' first eight games before hitting the goal post on two of his first three tries last Sunday. He later hit the post on field-goal attempts of 41 and 34 yards. For the season, Parkey has connected on 13-of-18 field goals (72.2 percent) and 30-of-32 extra points (93.8 percent).

Coach Matt Nagy fully endorsed the idea of Parkey practicing at Soldier Field. The kicker worked out there at night because the Bears play at the stadium Sunday night in a clash for first place in the NFC North against the Minnesota Vikings.

"We're going to always do whatever we need to do to make things as good as possible for any player on this team, whatever that is," Nagy said. "If that's catching extra passes after practice with the JUGS machine; or if that's him going down to Soldier Field and those guys and practicing, we'll do that. It's important, those guys know that, to try to make the element of the game as real as possible."

Parkey signed with the Bears in March after making 86.4 percent of his field-goal attempts (76 of 88) during his first four NFL seasons with the Eagles (2014-15), Browns (2016) and Dolphins (2017).

He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2014 with the Eagles when he set an NFL rookie scoring record with 150 points, eclipsing Kevin Butler's mark of 144 he established while playing for the famed 1985 Super Bowl XX champion Bears.

After missing most of the 2015 season with a groin injury, Parkey was waived by the Eagles. He joined the Browns in 2016 when Tabor was Cleveland's special-teams coordinator.

Parkey made 21-of-23 field-goal attempts with the Dolphins last year, including three late game-winners. He beat the Chargers 19-17 with a 54-yard field goal with 1:05 to play, tied and beat the Falcons with a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter and a 36-yarder in overtime, and beat the Jets 31-28 with a 39-yarder with :22 to play.

Parkey is confident that he'll overcome last Sunday's lack of success.

"As a kicker—this is my fifth season doing this—I've had highs, I've had lows," Parkey said. "Unfortunately, it comes with the territory sometimes. I don't get down on myself. I know I'm a great kicker. I'm just going to go out there Sunday and try my best."