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It appears that the Bears will have both of their starting guards back on the field Sunday when they visit the Lions in Detroit.

After missing last Saturday's game against the Bills, left guard Cody Whitehair (knee) and right guard Teven Jenkins (neck) were full participants in practice Friday and were not given designations on the injury report.

"Relative to the health of our offensive line, Cody's been going all week, he's done a really nice job," said coach Matt Eberflus. "Teven's done a really good job. So it's good to be back to full strength in there."

With the offensive line back intact, the receiver position will be the one to monitor leading up to Sunday's contest. While Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) is expected to return, Chase Claypool (knee) and Dante Pettis (ankle) are both listed as questionable after being limited in practice Friday.

Brown sat out the Bills game after sustaining a concussion a week earlier versus the Eagles. He did not practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday, but he was a full participant Friday and was not given an injury designation. He started the first 14 games of the season, catching 18 passes for 300 yards and one touchdown while also excelling as a blocker.

"He provides leadership," Eberflus said. "He does a really good job with the other players. He can play multiple positions. He's a big target. The play he got hurt on was a big third-down strike to start that game."

Claypool has missed the last two games after hurting his knee Dec. 4 against the Packers. Since being acquired in a trade with the Steelers Nov. 1, he has played in five games and caught 12 passes for 111 yards.

Pettis hurt his ankle in practice this week. He has appeared in all 15 games with six starts this year, catching 17 passes for 226 yards and three TDs and averaging 9.7 yards on 16 punt returns.

Claypool and Pettis might be game-time decisions.

"Claypool, waiting to see if he progresses," Eberflus said. "You guys saw Dante, he tweaked his foot the other day, waiting to see on that. That'll be in the next 48 hours we'll be able to look at that."

Asked specifically about Claypool, Eberflus said: "He looked good today. We'll see [if there are] any residual effects from the practice, all that. But he looked good today, so we're excited where he is."

In other injury news, linebacker Sterling Weatherford (illness) and guard Ja'Tyre Carter (back) have been ruled out of Sunday's game; and tight end Trevon Wesco (calf) is questionable after being limited in practice all week.

Chicago Bears
Table - Injury report
PlayerInjuryGame status
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Has caught 160 passes for 2,127 yards and 12 TDs
Has rushed 33 times for 171 yards and two TDs
Totaled eight receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason (two games)
Was named to PFWA All-Rookie team in 2020 after posting 889 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns, tied for the third-most touchdowns in a season by a rookie wide receiver since 2000
Made NFL debut in Week 1 of 2020 (at N.Y. Giants)
Made NFL starting debut in Week 5 of 2020 (vs. Philadelphia)

2022 SEASON (Steelers/Bears):

Has played in 11 games this season with nine starts, this season, logging 32 receptions for 311 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing eight times for 55 yards
Posted a season-best seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Week 6 win vs. Tampa Bay
Reached 2,000 career receiving yards in Week 8 at Philadelphia
Also threw a touchdown pass on 4th and goal in the first quarter in this game, becoming the second WR or TE with a pass TD on 4th down since 2000
Made his debut with the Bears in Week 9 vs. Miami, playing in 26 of 74 (35%) offensive snaps, posting two catches for 13 yards and rushing one time for four yards
Had one reception for eight yards against the Lions in Week 10
Hauled in two receptions for 11 yards in Week 11 at Atlanta
Caught two passes for 51 yards against the Jets in Week 12, including a 31-yard pass from Trevor Siemian to set up a Bears touchdown

2021 SEASON (Steelers):

Played in 15 games (13 starts)
Topped 1,000 career receiving yards in Week 3 vs Cincinnati
Was inactive in Week 4 at Green Bay due to a hamstring injury
Recorded his third career 100-yard+ receiving game in Week 5 versus the Broncos (five receptions for 130 yards)
Was inactive in Week 10 vs Detroit due to a toe injury
Recorded his 100th career reception in Week 13 vs Baltimore

2020 SEASON (Steelers):

Played in 16 games (6 starts)
Led the Steelers in receiving TDs (tied w/ nine), yards/catch (14.1) and total TDs (11)
Ranked second on the Steelers in receiving yards (873) … his nine receiving TDs in 2020 led all rookies
His 11 total TDs in 2020 led all rookie wideouts and ranked tied for second regardless of position (Washington RB Antonio Gibson)
His 11 TDs in 2020 ranked tied for sixth by a rookie wideout since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger
His nine receiving TDs in 2020 ranked tied for ninth by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger
Registered seven receptions for 110 yards and three TDs, and added a rushing TD, in the Steelers’ 38-29 win over Philadelphia in Week 5
Third rookie wide receiver to record four TDs in a single game in NFL history, joining Jerry Butler (Sept. 23, 1979) and Harlon Hill (Oct. 31, 1954)
Fourth rookie with at least two receiving TDs and one rushing TD in a single game since 1970, joining Lynn Cain (Oct. 14, 1979), Joey Galloway (Nov. 12, 1995) and Kareem Hunt (Sept. 7, 2017)
Fourth player since 1990 to register at least three receiving TDs and one rushing TD in a game
First Steelers rookie with three TDs in a game since TE Eric Green in 1990
First Steelers rookie with four TDs in a game and first Steelers player since Roy Jefferson on November 3, 1968
Fourth Steelers rookie in franchise history with at least three TDs, joining Green, RB Franco Harris and E Jimmy Orr
First Steelers rookie with a rush TD and reception TD in the same game since Franco Harris at Buffalo (Oct. 29, 1972)
First Steelers wideout with a Rush TD and Rec TD in the same game since Hines Ward in Week 9, 2004, against the Eagles
Sixth rookie in NFL history to record two Rec TD and a Rush TD in a game, joining Kareem Hunt (2017), Joey Galloway (1995), Lynn Cain (1979), Gale Sayers (1965) and Abner Hayes (1960)
Ranked among the rookie leaders in franchise history in TD grabs (nine, tied first), receptions (62, first) and receiving yards (873, third)
First rookie wide receiver with multiple TD receptions in a single game since Corey Davis had two at New England on Jan. 13, 2018
Ninth rookie and seventh rookie wide receiver to catch multiple TD passes in a single postseason game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger
First wide receiver in the Super Bowl era and the fourth in league history with at least 10 TDs in his first 10 career games, joining Billy Howton (11 TDs in 1952), Bill Groman (10 in 1960) and Harlon Hill (10 in 1954)
Caught two TD passes in the Wild Card loss to Cleveland, which tied the NFL rookie postseason record for TD receptions in a game
Chase Claypool
Teven Jenkins
Justin Jones
Dante Pettis
Equanimeous St. Brown
Sterling Weatherford
Sterling Weatherford
Trevon Wesco
Trevon Wesco
Cody Whitehair
Cody Whitehair
Ja'Tyre Carter
Ja'Tyre Carter

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