Running back Khalil Herbert took the next step toward returning to games when he was a full practice participant Thursday. The Bears seemed to make room for him to come off injured reserve Friday or Saturday when they later cut running back Darrynton Evans.
Splitting carries between Herbert and D’Onta Foreman on Sunday would be a “fortunate position to be in,” offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said. Herbert has been out since hurting his ankle in Week 5.
“We’re excited to get him back on the field,” Getsy said. “And exactly how much or all that looks like, I think … we’ve got to figure that out.”
Foreman — who was limited Thursday because of the ankle injury he suffered a week earlier — has earned carries, too.
“We love the downhill style that he’s been playing with and the physicality that he’s been playing with,” Getsy said.
Jefferson vs. Bears?
Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson was limited in practice for the second straight day and could return on Nov 27 against the Bears.
“It’s tough that I’ve been out for a while now, but I’m ready to get back out there,” he told Vikings reporters.
Jefferson — who led the NFL with 128 catches and 1,809 receiving yards last season — said he’ll have the final say in his return. He returned to practice last week after going on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
“I’m the one going out there and putting my body on the line,” he said.
This and that
• Middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, who hurt his knee two weeks ago against the Chargers, remains out with a knee injury. Jack Sanborn (ankle), who took Edmunds’ place the last two weeks, was upgraded to full practice participation.
• Linebacker Noah Sewell (knee) was limited and tight end Marcedes Lewis got a veteran’s day off.
• Getsy sounded confident Teven Jenkins’ switch from right to left guard will go well, saying he’s done so before and it “speaks to the type of player he is.”
• Lions center Frank Ragnow (toe/back), defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs (illness) and guard Jonah Jackson (wrist/ankle) did not practice.