Bears coach Lovie Smith said he hopes linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa will have recovered from his knee injury in time to play against the Eagles on Sunday at Soldier Field.
The veteran missed Thursday night's game against the Dolphins and he and center Olin Kreutz did not practice with the team on Monday.
Kreutz, who has started in 128 straight games, did not practice last week but played anyway.
"He made progress even throughout the weekend," Smith said of Tinoisamoa. "Of course, that would be a boost for us. We need all of our defensive guys ready to go this week and hopefully Pisa will be."
Smith also expressed surprise at the news that Vikings coach Brad Childress had been fired earlier in the day. Defensive coordinator and ex-Bear Leslie Frazier was named interim coach.
"Yes, I'm very surprised, Smith said. "I just found out about it a few minutes ago. It's a shame a little bit. You have your team a play away from the Super Bowl one year and you're out of a job the next year, but that's our business. When we get in it we realize that.
Looking at it from a different point of view, it's always good to see a guy like Leslie Frazier get an opportunity.