Bears notebook: Velus Jones nears NFL debut

Bears wide receiver Philos Jones is suspected with a hamstring injury and is not expected to play Sunday against the Texas. But the third-round draft pick from Tennessee is close to making a comeback after participating in practice on a limited basis for the second day in a row on Friday.

I have been praying for it. Jones said. “today [Friday] It was a good day – jogging and stuff like that. But just looking at everything day by day.”

Jones was disabled by a recurring hamstring problem at training camp. He had a 48-yard return and a 31-yard kickoff against the Seahawks in pre-season, but was sidelined again with a hamstring injury the following week.

He trained last week on Wednesday, but sat the next two days, and this week he didn’t train on Wednesday but was active on Thursday and Friday.

“It feels great to be there with your brothers,” Jones said. “Just to be in the same atmosphere with them, and grind with them individually [drills]. it’s a wonderful feeling. This is definitely going to change – it makes me feel so much better about myself.”

Infection report increasing

Jones was the only player on the latest injury report before the Packers game last week. There are six players this week: corner back Jaylon Johnson (quad), linebacker Matt Adams (hamstring) and safety Dan Cruikshank (hamstring). Linebacker Roquan Smith (hip) and tight end Ryan Griffin (Achilles) are in question.

Gordon’s Beginner Trials

Rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon’s perseverance will be put to the test on Sunday after the second round of the draft pick saw a tough night against the Packers last week.

“With any player and of course the rookies, it really does happen,” said coach Matt Ebervlos. “You even have games and down games. Often it’s a step ahead for beginners, playing the pro game. It takes time. But he’s definitely talented enough. [and] Mentally strong enough to accomplish this.”

Eberfluss said Gordon’s case was more about the fundamentals than the mistakes of the novices.

“It’s the basics he can clean, which we looked at in detail,” Eberflus said. “It can be from foot work to basic tackling of a lot of things. We detailed them for him and he’s excited to put them into practice in the game.” [Sunday]. ”

Respect Luffy, but…

Texas coach Luffy Smith will return to the soldier yard for the first time since 2014, when he coached the Buccaneers and lost to the Bears 21-13. Smith was 81-63 (3-3 in the playoffs) with the Super Bowl berth in nine seasons with the Bears.

Although neither Ebervloss nor defensive coordinator Alan Williams worked with the same Smith crew, they have a link as part of Tony Dungey’s training tree.

“I respect and admire him,” Williams said. “I love that he’s a head coach in the NFL again – that part of him I’m proud of. Excited for him.

“But at the end of the day, I would say this: He’s the opponent across the field and he’s trying to come into our house and take what we have. So with that in mind, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure he goes away with a frown on his face.”

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