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Return specialist/receiver Jakeem Grant Sr. (groin) is also questionable after being limited in practice Thursday and Friday. After being acquired in a trade with the Dolphins, the six-year veteran made his Bears debut last Sunday in Las Vegas, averaging 19.0 yards on two punt returns and 23.0 yards on three kickoff returns.

Running back Damien Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday and is not expected to play Sunday, according to coach Matt Nagy. With David Montgomery on injured reserve with a knee injury, rookie sixth-round pick Khalil Herbert appears to be the next man up in the Bears’ depleted backfield.

Nagy was asked if he feels more comfortable with Herbert shouldering a bigger load after he rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries last weekend against the Raiders.

“I would say yes,” Nagy said. “Last week we didn’t know how that was going to go for him. I thought he did a great job.

“Coach [Michael] Pitre has done an amazing job of getting these guys ready. It’s not easy, but this entire time—from OTAs to training camp until now—he’s been awesome. He’s built these relationships with these guys. He’s prepped them. That’s a huge part of development as a coach, and here we are with the situation we’re in for Khalil. He gets an opportunity and the other guys, too, same thing.”

The only two players the Bears have officially ruled out of Sunday’s game are tight end J.P. Holtz (quad) and linebacker Caleb Johnson (knee).

Outside linebacker Khalil Mack is listed as questionable after being held out of practice all week with a foot injury he sustained two weeks ago against the Lions. The injury didn’t stop Mack from dominating against his former team last Sunday in Las Vegas.

Six other Bears are questionable after being full participants in Friday’s practice: Running back Ryan Nall (ankle); linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring); cornerbacks Duke Shelley (ankle), Artie Burns (foot) and Xavier Crawford (back); and safety Eddie Jackson (knee).