The Bears said not to rule Brandon McGowan out for Saturday's game at Seattle, but the strong safety will not practice tonight and agrees it would not be prudent to put him out there against the Seahawks.
McGowan sprained his right ankle in practice Monday when a teammate stepped on him during a special teams drill. He's been hard to find on campus since and said he's primarily holed up in the training room working to get better. The team took precautionary X-rays when it happened and they came back negative.
"It feels pretty good," he said Wednesday when getting off his bicycle in front of the dining hall. "It's just a small sprain, you know a freak accident. It would be kind of foolish to risk making it worse [on Saturday]. I'll be good in a few days."
McGowan and free safety Mike Brown both have lengthy injury histories and without any proven backups in place it's not overreacting to have concern when either one of them has a minor injury.
Tonight's practice begins in about 45 minutes and we'll Twitter a few updates from the field.
*** If anyone had plans on attending Thursday's practice, just a final reminder that it has been closed to the public.