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Robinson plans to play Sunday night in Green Bay


After missing three games with a hamstring injury, Bears receiver Allen Robinson II intends to return to action Sunday night in Green Bay.

"That's the plan," Robinson said Thursday. "Everything is trending in the right direction. [I'll] just continue to see how this week goes."

The eighth-year pro returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis for the first time since sustaining the injury Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh. He got hurt when he was knocked out of bounds while making a 39-yard reception that set up a late go-ahead touchdown in an eventual 29-27 loss to the Steelers.

"Definitely was frustrating," Robinson said, "[not] being able to not only finish a game like that, but not being able to continue to capitalize off that. Plays like that, plays for myself and for this team [are ones] that we've been looking for all year, to be able to get some plays like that, especially in meaningful times, in meaningful moments when we need it."

Before sitting out the last three weeks, Robinson had played in 41 straight games, dating back to the Bears' 2019 season opener, even battling through an ankle injury earlier this year that had limited him in practice.

Robinson called the ankle and hamstring issues "two injuries for a receiver that you want to stay away from if you can."

"Having to deal with those unfortunately is a part of the game," he said. "I was able to put together two fully healthy seasons and play every game for two straight years, so running into that is unfortunate. But [I'm fortunate] being able to kind of push through it and bounce back."

After spending his first four NFL seasons with the Jaguars from 2014-17, Robinson was ultra-productive in his first three years in Chicago. He caught 55 passes for 754 yards and four touchdowns for the NFC North champions in 2018, and then followed with a career-high 98 receptions for 1,147 yards and seven TDs in 2019.

Robinson improved on those lofty numbers in 2020, catching 102 passes for 1,250 yards and six TDs. The 102 receptions were the sixth most in the NFL last year and tied for the second most in Bears history. Robinson was one of only five players in the league with at least 102 catches, 1,250 yards and six TDs, joining the Bills' Stefon Diggs, the Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins, the Packers' Davante Adams and the Chiefs' Travis Kelce.

This season, however, Robinson has been limited to 30 receptions for 339 yards and one TD for a Bears team that has lost six of its last seven games to fall to 4-8 after a 3-2 start.

"Seasons like this are tough; they're extremely tough," Robinson said. "But [I'm trying] to compartmentalize all of it, and put certain things to the side, and trying to focus on the main things, which are continuing to improve, figuring out how to get better, figuring out how to possibly change the result, and figuring out how to continue to put yourself in a position to ultimately do what you want to do, and that's win the game. 

"It's tough when you have seasons like this. But the season's not over. We've just got to continue to push forward and continue to challenge each other to get better and to improve on the things we've done thus far."

Robinson's main goal over the final five games is to maximize his opportunities.

"That's really all I can set out for," he said. "And then on top of that, from a team aspect, for us trying to finish strong and win these last games and see what happens … That's my main focus. Whatever the opportunities I'm given are, just capitalize and try to make the best of those."

With the Bears visiting the rival Packers Sunday night, senior writer Larry Mayer ranks the top 10 Bears players who have also suited up for Green Bay.

Larry Mayer

Bears Senior Writer