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Idonije confident he will play Sunday; Hillenmeyer will not

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Defensive lineman Israel Idonije practiced again Friday in the Walter Payton Center and said he plans to play Sunday night at Atlanta, which will be 14 days after arthroscopic knee surgery.

A determination on Idonije's availability has not been made yet, though, and he is expected to be a game-time decision for the Bears. He just returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis.

"I don't know why everyone is saying it is a big deal, two weeks, that was the plan all along for me,'' Idonije said. "I knew in two weeks I would be ready to go.

"I plan on playing. I'll be all right. It felt all right at practice. It feels good. There's no issues."

Meanwhile, linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer remained sidelined with a rib injury. He was in uniform and stretched with the team prior to practice, but was held out. He and running back Adrian Peterson will be listed as doubtful on the injury report, and they will not play against the Falcons.

Check back later this afternoon for the official injury report.

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