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, evidently the Bears get far healthier. After suffering a sprained foot way back in Week 3 of the preseason, the Bears’ Adam Shaheen is likely to make his return to practice this week, reports Mark Grote of 670 The Score. The big tight end originally had an 8-10 week timeline at the outset of his injury and has now progressed well enough to begin the process of his full-fledged return. He’ll be one of the Bears’ two players they can activate off of injured reserve in the second half of the season. That’s for those monitoring a Kyle Long comeback. While the Bears are incredibly thin at tight end at the moment with both Dion Sims and Ben Braunecker dealing with concussions, don’t expect Shaheen to play this Sunday against the Lions. This week is more about easing the 24-year-old, 6-foot-6, 269 pounder back into the flow of things. Any practice now is a great sign, however, for seeing action against the Vikings on Sunday Night Football the following weekend. Shaheen’s presence should be welcome for a Bears offense seeking another dimension as it enters a crucial stretch of NFC and NFC North play. The Bears can use a variety of double tight end formations with Shaheen and veteran Trey Burton, and maximize Shaheen’s jump ball ability in the red zone. The more weapons for Matt Nagy, Mitchell Trubisky, and friends, the merrier. In other injury updates, two big Bears stars in Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson are officially day-to-day, said Matt Nagy on Monday. Mack and Robinson have missed Chicago’s last two games against the Jets and Bills to rest respective ankle and groin injuries. Every underlying sign has pointed towards the Bears coaching staff getting this duo prepared for a divisional stretch against the Lions, Vikings, and Lions in 11 days Chicago Bears Hats
, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Barring a setback through the rest of this week, expect both Mack and Robinson to make their returns to the starting lineup this Sunday for a Bears team loading up. A team sitting at 5-3 and in first place in the NFC North could do much worse than getting back three major contributors in the span of the next week or so. Once again, everything is coming up Bears.Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network (subscribe here!), the managing editor of Windy City Gridiron, and writes for a host of other fine publications. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski. OAKLAND (0-2) at MIAMI (2-0)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE - Dolphins by 4RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 0-2, Miami 2-0SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 20-17-1LAST MEETING - Raiders beat Dolphins 27-24, Nov. 5, 2017LAST WEEK 鈥?Dolphins won at Jets 20-12; Raiders lost at Broncos 20-19AP PRO32 RANKING - Dolphins No. 13, Raiders No. 27RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (21), PASS (8).RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (31), PASS (11).DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (6) Chicago Bears Hoodie
, PASS (28).DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (8), PASS (24).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Dolphins have won five of past six meetings. ... Raiders TE Jared Cook had eight catches for 126 yards in win at Miami last year. ... Raiders are allowing 5.7 yards per rush, worst in NFL. ... Raiders are tied for last with only one takeaway. ... Oakland has just two sacks, tied for second fewest, feeling effects of trading edge rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago. ... Derek Carr went 29 for 32 last week, and his 90.6 completion percentage was best ever by quarterback with at least 30 attempts. ... Oakland is averaging 6.8 yards on first down, third best in league. ... Dolphins are 2-0 for first time since 2013. ... Dolphins are home for first time since beating Titans in opener, when two lightning delays made it NFL's longest game since at least 1970. ... Miami QB Ryan Tannehill is 9-1 in past 10 starts. ... RB Frank Gore has 14,112 career rushing yards and last week overtook Curtis Martin for fourth most. ... Dolphins are tied for NFL lead with five interceptions. They had nine all of last year. ... Dolphins have allowed only seven points in four red-zone possessions by opponents. ... Miami front four had nine tackles for loss last week. ... Miami's average starting position following kickoffs is 34陆-yard line, best in NFL. ... Dolphins rookie TE Mike Gesicki drew double coverage last week against Jets but has only one catch for 11 yards. ... Fantasy Tip: Dolphins have run more than they've thrown in first two weeks, and RBs Gore and Kenyan Drake could have big day against Raiders' weak run defense.