Faith in of­fen­sive sys­tem makes Bears cer­tain they can beat Pa­tri­ots, even with­out Mack, Robin­son

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - Sports - By Dan Wiederer dwiederer@chicagotri­bune.com Twit­ter @dan­wiederer

Khalil Mack was in no mood to an­swer in­jury ques­tions Fri­day af­ter­noon at Halas Hall. After go­ing through Bears prac­tice in­side the Pay­ton Cen­ter as a lim­ited par­tic­i­pant, the star out­side line­backer was listed of­fi­cially as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game against the Pa­tri­ots. All signs point to­ward Mack at least mak­ing an at­tempt to play on his sprained right an­kle. But Mack wasn’t in­ter­ested in of­fer­ing his own per­sonal fore­cast for Sun­day.

“I ain’t an­swer­ing ques­tions like that,” he said.

Asked how he ini­tially hurt his an­kle in last week­end’s over­time loss to the Dol­phins, Mack shrugged.

“It’s foot­ball,” he said. Mack was re­minded he hasn’t missed a game dur­ing his five NFL sea­sons, a streak of 69 games. Asked how close he came to miss­ing a game dur­ing his time with the Raiders, Mack shrugged again.

“Man,” he said, “I ain’t even talk­ing about that ei­ther.”

At this point, with Mack mak­ing it through Fri­day’s prac­tice with­out ag­gra­vat­ing the an­kle in­jury, it would be a sur­prise if he wasn’t in uni­form and ac­tive Sun­day. But the of­fi­cial word on his sta­tus won’t come un­til 90 min­utes be­fore kick­off.

Coach Matt Nagy said he will keep tabs on where Mack is at men­tally and phys­i­cally as the Bears go through their paces Satur­day in Lake For­est and again Sun­day morn­ing when the team ar­rives at Soldier Field.

“Just try­ing to keep a feel as to where we think he’s at and where he thinks he’s at,” Nagy said. “And when we get to the time when we have to make a de­ci­sion, then we’ll go with what we feel is best for him and best for the team.”

Two oth­ers Bears starters were listed as ques­tion­able for Sun­day. Re­ceiver Allen Robin­son is deal­ing with a groin is­sue that kept him out of Thurs­day’s prac­tice. But Rob- in­son re­turned to the field on Fri­day. Slot cor­ner­back Bryce Cal­la­han, mean­while, suf­fered an an­kle in­jury Thurs­day and sat out Fri­day’s work.

JOSE M. OS­O­RIO/CHICAGO TRI­BUNE

Chicago Bears out­side line­backer Khalil Mack, cen­ter, is listed as ques­tion­able for Sun­day’s game against the Pa­tri­ots. He has a sprained right an­kle.

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