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Quick Hits: Rookie OT Borom back at practice


There was good news on the injury front Wednesday as Bears rookie tackle Larry Borom returned to practice for the first time since hurting his ankle in the season opener.

The Bears will now have 21 days to activate the fifth-round draft pick from Missouri off injured reserve.

"It's a really good thing when considering what he's been through these last several weeks," said coach Matt Nagy. "He's worked hard to get to this point. That will be great to get him back out there."

Borom made his NFL debut at left tackle in the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Rams after veteran Jason Peters exited with a quad injury. Unfortunately, Borom was then forced out of the game after playing 15 snaps.

It has not yet been determined when Borom will return to game action.

"That's one of the things that will be good for us to be able to evaluate and see where he's at both mentally and physically," Nagy said. "I thought that Larry has done a great job when given the opportunity to go in there and play. He's done a really good job of showing what he can do.

"Coach Juan [Castillo] and coach Donnie [Raiola] will make sure that they see where he's at today conditioning-wise and then moving forward. But he's been working hard, so we're going to try to really push him and see where he can go."

Life in the NFL: After last Sunday's 38-3 loss to the Buccaneers, Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields acknowledged that he didn't know quite how to feel because "I've never been in this position, where I'm losing." Fields has dropped as many games in the last two weeks as he did in two seasons at Ohio State, where he compiled a 20-2 record as a starter.

"That's the communication with all of us," Nagy said, "Flip (quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo), Bill Lazor and myself and the quarterbacks, just him understanding that this is part of life in the NFL. This is a league where you have to make sure that every single week, you're on your 'A' game at all times. It doesn't matter who you play, it doesn't matter what week you are, it just matters that you go out and perform.

"That's part of his developmental process. That would probably be more of the mental side. So, he's done great with that. He understands it. And the fact that he's competitive and that he's won a lot of games, there's a reason for that, because he's able to persevere through adversity. When you go through adversity, you want a guy like Justin in your corner because you know he's going to help pull you out of it."

Health update: Two defensive starters who sat out last Sunday's loss in Tampa due to injuries—defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (groin) and safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. (hip)—practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Other players who were limited included receiver Allen Robinson II (ankle), defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee), tight end J.P. Holtz (quad) and return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr. (ankle).

Ring ceremony: Former Bears star tackle Jimbo Covert will receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony at halftime of Sunday's game against the 49ers at Soldier Field.

Covert was voted into the Hall as a member of the NFL's centennial Class of 2020 but wasn't enshrined until this year due to COVID-19.

Chosen by the Bears with the sixth pick in the 1983 draft out of Pittsburgh, Covert played his entire eight-year NFL career with the Bears. He was a two-time first-team All-Pro who helped the Bears win six division championships, one conference title and Super Bowl XX. Covert also anchored an offensive line that helped the Bears lead the NFL in rushing for four straight seasons from 1983-86.

Covert's Hall of Fame ring features a likeness of his bronzed bust, along with inscriptions of "Tackle" and "1983-1990" on one side and "Jimbo Covert," the Hall of Fame logo and "Class of 2020" on the other.

The Bears were back on the practice field at Halas Hall in preparation for Sunday's matchup with the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field.

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