Bears to play against 49ers without linebacker Khalil Mack

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears will be without outside linebacker Khalil Mack when they face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Soldier Field.

A foot injury has plagued Mack since early in the season and the Bears will rest him in hopes of healing it. Coach Matt Nagy said no decision has been made on putting their top pass rusher on injured reserve, which leaves open the possibility he would play Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh.

Mack has a team-high six sacks but went without one and had one tackle in last week’s 38-3 loss to Tampa Bay. He had sacks in five straight games prior to the loss to the Buccaneers.

The only games Mack missed with the Bears came in 2018 when he had an ankle injury and sat out consecutive wins against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. He has played in 47 straight games.

The Bears will have outside linebacker Robert Quinn back in the lineup this week after he missed the game with Tampa Bay. Quinn was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, along with tackle Elijah Wilkinson.

The Bears also announced tackle Germain Ifedi had been placed on the COVID-19 list. Ifedi was on injured reserve at the time due to a knee injury.

Defensive end Akiem Hicks, return man Jakeem Grant and safety Tashaun Gipson are all questionable for Sunday's games. Hicks (groin) and Gipson (hip) missed last week's game.

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Gene Chamberlain, The Associated Press

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