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Team­mates clam­or­ing for Robin­son ex­ten­sion

- BY JA­SON LIESER, STAFF RE­PORTER jlieser@sun­times.com | @Ja­sonLieser Sports · College Sports · American Football · Twitter · Khalil Mack · Ryan Pace · Jimmy Graham

The ap­par­ent truce be­tween Allen

Robin­son and Bears man­age­ment didn’t quiet team­mates call­ing for gen­eral man­ager Ryan Pace to sign the wide re­ceiver to an ex­ten­sion.

As Robin­son con­tin­ues to play on an ex­pir­ing con­tract — some­thing he said won’t be a dis­trac­tion — the locker room is on his side.

“He’s de­serv­ing of an ex­ten­sion,” said run­ning back Tarik Co­hen, who’s look­ing for one as well. “He ex­em­pli­fies the mean­ing of be­ing a team­mate. On and off the field, he’s a great leader in our locker room. The team just wouldn’t be the same with­out him. So I feel like it’s that fair to get this deal done.”

The Bears signed Robin­son for three years and $42 mil­lion in 2018, and he has de­liv­ered. He leads the team in yards from scrim­mage (1,985) and touch­downs (11, ty­ing him with Co­hen).

Co­hen is among sev­eral play­ers who have voiced sup­port for Robin­son on Twit­ter or in in­ter­views this week af­ter Robin­son scrubbed his so­cial me­dia ac­counts of Bears-re­lated ma­te­rial and, a source said, floated the idea of a trade but stopped short of for­mally re­quest­ing one.

Quar­ter­back Mitch Tru­bisky said Wed­nes­day that the Bears have “got to get that done” so they don’t lose their best of­fen­sive player.

“Allen is just so re­li­able,” Tru­bisky said. “You can go to him in any sit­u­a­tion. And the thing about him is, when he’s not open, he’s still open. So just put it in his area and he’ll go make a play.”

De­spite a rough sea­son for Tru­bisky and the of­fense over­all in 2019, Robin­son was sev­enth in the NFL in re­cep­tions (98), 14th in re­ceiv­ing yards (1,147) and 16th in touch­down catches (seven). He caught five passes for 74 yards Sun­day against the Lions.

Tak­ing it slowly

There has been am­ple hype about Bears sec­ond-round pick Cole Kmet, the top tight end cho­sen in the draft, but tight end is one of the most dif­fi­cult po­si­tions for a col­lege player try­ing to make the shift to the NFL.

The Bears’ cau­tion about that tran­si­tion was the rea­son coach Matt Nagy held Kmet to 20 snaps against the Lions while play­ing

Jimmy Gra­ham 52 and Demetrius Har­ris

26. Kmet got just one tar­get and had no stat line, but his over­all play was re­as­sur­ing.

“There wasn’t a whole lot there, but . . . it was a good mix not to overdo it,” Nagy said. “I think you’ll slowly see his role in­crease.”

Sick Hicks

The Bears had their full ac­tive ros­ter at prac­tice Thurs­day ex­cept for de­fen­sive line­man Akiem Hicks. He was out with an un­spec­i­fied ill­ness. Lineback­ers Khalil

Mack (knee) and Robert Quinn (an­kle) were lim­ited. Mack is a near-cer­tainty to play Sun­day, but Quinn is in ques­tion.

 ?? REY DEL RIO/GETTY IM­AGES ?? Wide re­ceiver Allen Robin­son lunges to try to make a catch in the first quar­ter Sun­day in Detroit. He’s still wait­ing on a new con­tract.
REY DEL RIO/GETTY IM­AGES Wide re­ceiver Allen Robin­son lunges to try to make a catch in the first quar­ter Sun­day in Detroit. He’s still wait­ing on a new con­tract.

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