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Bears LB Mack back at practice


Chicago Bears: Linebacker Khalil Mack returned to practice and the Bears hit the field Wednesday as healthy as they've been in weeks. Wide receiver Allen Robinson II, tight end Adam Shaheen -- who is on injured reserve -- tight end Ben Braunecker and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols were all part of the group that returned to the field. Mack has been limited by an ankle injury since the Bears' overtime loss at Miami, when he originally sprained his right ankle but played the majority of defensive snaps. He hasn't practiced on a Wednesday since Week 6. After playing against the Patriots in Week 7, Mack missed the first two games of his career the past two weeks.

Detroit Lions: For the first time since Week 1, defensive end Ziggy Ansah is not facing questions about whether he can take the field this week. "I feel amazing," Ansah said. "It's a process. We're taking in week in and week out. We'll find out on Sunday how many reps I get." Ansah said he sees definite room for improvement, but felt great to be back on the field. "I've taken a lot of reps in meetings, walkthroughs, practice -- I've been playing football for awhile. I'm hoping my instincts will take over," Ansah said. Playing on the franchise tag, Ansah saw just 12 snaps last week but tallied a sack, giving him two on 31 snaps this season.

Green Bay Packers: Marquez Valdes-Scantling is expected to be the third wide receiver -- a starter in Green Bay's preferred three-WR sets -- this week after Geronimo Allison (core muscle) was placed on injured reserve. Valdes-Scantling has 100 yards in two of the past three games while flashing big-play ability (21.1 yards per catch this year). "The transition is the biggest challenge for the rookies, play speed, understanding," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "At the end of the day, he's been given more opportunities, probably more than expected with the injuries. His confidence continues to grow each week."

Minnesota Vikings: Before a 10-sack shellacking of the Detroit Lions, the Vikings were not looking like their dominant selves on defense. Head coach Mike Zimmer said a willingness to change was the magic tonic for Minnesota. "Quite honestly, we've had to change up a lot," Zimmer said before beginning the bye week. "Because we're good at what we did, people are copying it. There's a lot of teams now that are playing a style of defense similar to us. Now, all these offenses are attacking these defenses pretty much the same way. So we've had to adjust and change coverages and what we've done in the red zone."

--Field Level Media

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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