Cor­ner back: Prince says he’s good to go

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY MARK POTASH, STAFF RE­PORTER mpotash@sun­times.com | @MarkPo­tash

The Week 5 bye gen­er­ally is too early for an NFL team. But for cor­ner­back Prince Amuka­mara, it came at the right time.

Amuka­mara, who missed the Bears’ 48-10 rout of the Buc­ca­neers on Sept. 30 with a ham­string in­jury, had full par­tic­i­pa­tion in prac­tice Fri­day and is ex­pected to play against the Dol­phins on Sun­day at Hard Rock Sta­dium in Mi­ami Gar­dens, Florida.

To miss only one game with a ham­string in­jury is for­tu­nate. But Amuka­mara suf­fered the in­jury against the Car­di­nals on Sept. 23, so he has had three weeks to re­cover. Ham­string in­juries are no­to­ri­ously tricky, but Amuka­mara feels confident that he’s ready to go.

“I just told [the train­ers] I needed to do a few more things on the field and be in some cer­tain sit­u­a­tions in or­der to know,” Amuka­mara said. “I did that through­out the week, and I gave them the green light.”

Miller time

Rookie wide re­ceiver An­thony Miller, who dis­lo­cated his left shoul­der against the Car­di­nals, also prac­ticed fully and is ex­pected to play against Mi­ami, al­beit with a har­ness on his shoul­der.

“The [bye week] re­ally helped me out,” said Miller, who has eight catches for 60 yards and a touch­down. “I got a lot of rest in, and I also did some re­hab, so I’m feel­ing pretty strong out there. They’re just eas­ing me back into the groove of things.”

Miller can’t wait to join an of­fense that looks like it’s start­ing to roll af­ter Mitch Tru­bisky threw six touch­down passes against the Buc­ca­neers.

“I’m very ex­cited,” he said. “We’ve been wait­ing on our of­fense to click. Our chem­istry is get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery week. To see guys ‘eat’ like that, just to watch it, was amaz­ing. I’m just glad I can be a part of it this week.”

In typical Miller fash­ion, he said he’s not con­cerned about rein­jur­ing his shoul­der.

“It could hap­pen again,” he said. “But I’m play­ing.”

Sha­heen’s hold­ing pat­tern

Tight end Adam Sha­heen, who’s on in­jured re­serve with an­kle and foot in­juries, is el­i­gi­ble to re­turn to prac­tice Mon­day af­ter miss­ing six weeks, but prob­a­bly will not, coach Matt Nagy said.

Nagy said he feels good about Sha­heen re­turn­ing this sea­son but is wait­ing for the go-ahead from trainer An­dre Tucker.

To­liver ready

Un­drafted rookie cor­ner­back Kevin To­liver fig­ures to re­turn to an emer­gency-only role with Amuka­mara back. But Nagy didn’t rule out To­liver get­ting some play­ing time based on how he played in place of Amuka­mara against the Buc­ca­neers.

“It was a great op­por­tu­nity for Kevin to play and to con­tinue play­ing for us,” Nagy said. “And who knows? It could end up where he plays a lot more. We don’t know that. More than any­thing, what I take away from it is it just made Kevin To­liver bet­ter.”

RICK SCUTERI/AP

Cor­ner­back Prince Amuka­mara missed the Bears’ game against the Buc­ca­neers with a ham­string in­jury.

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