56 Safety-first Chicago

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

THE Chicago Bears will wait un­til right be­fore game time in to­mor­row’s play­off match against the Philadel­phia Ea­gles to make a de­ci­sion on the avail­abil­ity of safety Ed­die Jack­son.

Jack­son was of­fi­cially listed as ques­tion­able yes­ter­day on the fi­nal in­jury re­port af­ter he went through a sec­ond straight lim­ited prac­tice.

He hasn’t had a full prac­tice since be­fore the De­cem­ber 16 game against Green Bay, when he suf­fered a right an­kle in­jury.

“We’ll just con­tinue talk­ing to him, see where he’s at, but it’s lit­er­ally gonna go right up un­til (a) game-time de­ci­sion,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said.

“If he’s good, let’s go. If not, then we won’t. We’re go­ing to be smart with him.”

Named All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl, Jack­son has been out since mak­ing his sixth in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son.

His pick in the end zone ended Aaron Rodgers’ streak of 402 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion in the Bears’ 24-17 win over the Pack­ers.

He was in­jured in an awk­ward at­tempt to down the ball af­ter re­turn­ing it 13 yards.

The Bears started thirdyear back-up Deon Bush in the past two games at Jack­son’s safety po­si­tion.

Nagy said be­cause of the stakes of the game there was a pos­si­bil­ity the Bears would let Jack­son play even if he wasn’t 100 per cent healthy.

Ei­ther way, he said would be no re­grets.

“You have to put both sides — the team and the player. You have to look at it from both sides and that’s the hard part,” Nagy said. there AUS­TRALIAN rookie punter Michael Dick­son has been named in the NFL’s pres­ti­gious All-Pro team fol­low­ing his out­stand­ing sea­son with the Seat­tle Sea­hawks.

The Syd­neysider — a for­mer Swans AFL academy play- Ar­ling­ton, 12.15pm Ravens v Charg­ers Baltimore, 5.05am er — was named in the team along­side three other rook­ies in In­di­anapo­lis pair Quen­ton Nel­son and Dar­ius Leonard and San Diego safety Der­win James.

Pa­trick Ma­homes and three other Kansas City Chiefs play- Houston, 8.35am Chicago, 8.40am er made the team with LA Rams de­fen­sive tackle Aaron Don­ald the only unan­i­mous choice in bal­lot­ing by a na­tion­wide panel of 50 me­dia mem­bers who reg­u­larly cover the league.

Texans v Colts Cow­boys v Sea­hawks Bears v Ea­gles Ed­die Jack­son of the Chicago Bears. Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES/AFP

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