Safety Eddie Jackson will start for the Bears on Sunday against the Saints after missing most of the last six games with a foot injury.
“It’s good. It’s been good,” Jackson said. “Happy to be back.”
It has been a frustrating first half for Jackson, who missed the final five games of last season with a Lisfranc injury. He injured the same foot in Week 2 against the Buccaneers, forcing him to miss three games, then started against the Vikings in Week 6 but played only 14 snaps because of pain. He didn’t play the last two games, although he was active last week against the Chargers.
Jackson said he doesn’t expect to be on a snap count Sunday and won’t feel hesitant playing on the artificial turf at the Superdome.
“I don’t even think about it,” he said. “I’ve played there a few times.”
Jackson returns at a time when the Bears need some veteran stability. It was another hectic week at Halas Hall, starting with running backs coach David Walker being fired abruptly for unspecified personal conduct.
“It’s like a shock. Everybody’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ ” Jackson said. “It’s not too much detail that we know. We just know what we hear, what we see. Coach [Matt Eberflus] addressed the team about it, and then it’s like, you’ve got to move on.”
Jackson doesn’t think Walker’s dismissal will have an effect on the team.
“Everybody here knows the business of it — [it’s] just how it goes,” he said. “You can’t dwell on what’s in the past because the season’s still moving forward. We’re at 2-6 right now. Our focus is trying to get this thing turned around and win some games.”