The Bears on Saturday activated rookie tackle Larry Borom off injured reserve in advance of Sunday's home game against the 49ers.
The fifth-round draft pick from Missouri returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since sustaining an ankle injury Sept. 12 in the season opener versus the Rams. Borom played 15 snaps in that game at left tackle after veteran Jason Peters exited with a quad injury.
The Bears had 21 days, beginning when Borom returned to practice Wednesday, to activate him off injured reserve.
Asked Wednesday whether Borom could be ready to play Sunday against the 49ers, coach Matt Nagy said: "I think 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. 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."
It's unclear whether Borom or veteran Elijah Wilkinson will start at right tackle versus the 49ers. Wilkinson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list hours before last Sunday's game in Tampa. Second-year pro Lachavious Simmons started in his place, but he gave up two strip/sacks that resulted in turnovers and was replaced by Alex Bars. Wilkinson was activated from the COVID-19 list Friday.
The Bears had one open roster spot before activating Borom, so no corresponding move was necessary.