April 23, 2014
Jordan Mills practiced in full Friday after fighting a quadriceps injury the last two days.
Even healthy, though, the rookie right tackle will need some help Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Mills is the worst pass-blocking tackle in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. The outside linebacker rushing against him, Elvis Dumervil, is the best pass rusher at his position, according to the website.
Dumervil has 8½ sacks, one-half fewer than fellow Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
The Bears will do what they’ve done all season, using tight end Martellus Bennett, pass-eligible tackle Eben Britton and running back Matt Forte to help on passing downs.
“We try to help our protection,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We know we’ve got some serious pass rushers coming on the edge.
“In every game plan, you say, ‘Who are the difference makers?’ Certainly they have a number of them defensively. They’re there on the edges with their two outside ’backers. They’re inside with their big thick guys.
“So we do that within the framework of our protection, our game planning, how we use our backs and our tight ends. We try to be real smart taking on any pressure.”
Bennett (ankle) participated in about half of practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday. He didn’t practice Thursday.
Trestman said the hope is that “with 48 hours [off, Bennett will] feel even better.”
Defensive end Shea McClellin was listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury and sounded as if he didn’t think he would play.
“We’ll see how the next couple days go,” said McClellin, who missed the game against the Lions. “But I want to be smart with it.”
Long snapper Patrick Mannelly (calf) also was listed as doubtful. Defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, linebacker Lance Briggs and quarterback Jay Cutler remain out.
This and that
The Ravens listed six players as questionable: Cornerback Lardarius Webb (groin), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee), wideout Marlon Brown (knee), safety James Ihedigbo (toe), linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (knee). Ngata and Brown did not practice; the rest were limited participants.
◆ With high winds predicted for Sunday, coach Marc Trestman said the Bears will tweak the game plan. In general, he said, teams run against the wind and throw more with the wind. The Soldier Field grass doesn’t affect play-calling “at all,” he said.
◆ Cornerback Charles Tillman was not fined for a horse-collar tackle, a source said.