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Robinson, Jackson, Lynch listed as doubtful


It appears that the Bears will be without three key players Sunday when they close the regular season by visiting the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Receiver Allen Robinson II (ribs), safety Eddie Jackson (ankle) and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (elbow) were all held out of practice again Friday and listed as doubtful on the injury report, meaning they are not expected to play.

Robinson was injured in last Sunday's 14-9 road win over the 49ers. In his first season with the Bears, he has caught 55 passes for 754 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games.

"He's sore, so we've just got to make sure that pain-wise he's OK and then we'll just kind of feel where he's at in the next couple days," said coach Matt Nagy.

Heading into Sunday's season finale, the Bears have already clinched the NFC North title, assuring themselves of hosting a playoff game.

"I just want to make sure that whatever we do is smart for him, is smart for the team," Nagy said. "It's literally as simple as that. As far as knowing the plays, knowing the different things we're doing, I'm not concerned with that. It's just more so how smart are we here again with that balance of this week versus next week."

Jackson sprained his ankle Dec. 16 while returning an Aaron Rodgers interception late in a 24-17 division-clinching win over the Packers at Soldier Field.

Voted to his first Pro Bowl this season, Jackson has recorded six interceptions and 15 pass breakups. He has scored three defensive touchdowns this year, increasing his career total to five—tied for the most all-time by a player in his first two NFL seasons.

"He's getting better each week," Nagy said. "Andre Tucker, our head trainer, he does a really good job. You've seen that all year long with these guys, these guys that have had injuries that, whatever type of injuries they are, Andre does a good job making sure they're back on track and they're feeling right. I think right now [Jackson] is right on schedule to be in a good spot."

Guard Kyle Long, meanwhile, practiced again Friday and could be activated from injured reserve and play Sunday in Minnesota.

The three-time Pro Bowler returned to practice last Friday for the first time since injuring his right foot Oct. 28 in a win over the Jets at Soldier Field.

"He's had a good week of practice," Nagy said. "When you're out that long and you come back, a lot of it is just getting your wind back, your conditioning back and then obviously trying to see exactly how you feel pain-wise and then health-wise as well, but he's done a good job."

For the Vikings, receiver Chad Beebe (hamstring), fullback C.J. Ham (elbow), linebacker Eric Kendricks (hamstring) and cornerback Marcus Sherels (foot) have been ruled out of Sunday's game, while guard Tom Compton (shoulder) and cornerback Xavier Rhodes (groin) are questionable after being limited in practice Friday.