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Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif.

Matt Nagy said the Chicago Bears face a possible decision on  whether to rest outside linebacker Khalil Mack for a game, and an NFL Network report says he could go on injured reserve .

A nagging left foot injury has been hindering Chicago Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack for most of October. Now the Bears are assessing whether it may be in Mack’s and the team’s best interest to shut things down for a bit.

Coach Matt Nagy declined to validate a report from the NFL Network that suggested the team is seriously considering placing Mack on injured reserve, a roster move that would keep Mack out of action until at least Thanksgiving.

“There have been absolutely no decisions made,” Nagy said. “We’ll just see where that all ends up.”

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy is away from Halas Hall after testing positive for COVID-19 and special teams Chris Tabor has been put in charge of the team at the facility for now.

Nagy emphasized later that the team’s medical staff, front office and coaching staff would continue assessing Mack’s injury and his overall mental state before making a decision.

Mack has been having a bounce-back season, tallying six sacks during the team’s 3-4 start. But he landed on the injury report with his foot issue in Week 4. That was coming off the team’s 26-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Since then, including Wednesday afternoon, Mack has missed 10 of the last 13 practices while only being able to participate on a limited basis three times.

So where do the Bears go from here? If the opted to move Mack to IR, that would require him to miss at least three games, starting with Sunday’s home contest against the San Francisco 49ers. Beyond that, the Bears will sandwich their Week 10 open date between a road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 8 and a home game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 21.

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Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif.

Said Nagy: “Mentally and physically you go through different stages and so we’ll have those discussions. We’re not there yet.

“But ... we’re at a point where it’s really good for him to get as many answers as he can get with where he is at. I really love the fact that the last couple weeks he has not practiced, but he’s been able to get out there on game day and grit it out and really put together some good games and get after it. We need that. But at the same point in time, when you are hurting, you’ve got to be able to get answers. We’re in that process right now.”


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