Bears running back Marion Barber practiced Wednesday and coach Lovie Smith said he is hopeful that Barber and wide receiver Sam Hurd will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans.
Both players missed last Sunday's 30-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.
Barber has been out since suffering a calf injury in the third preseason game against the Tennessee Titans.
''Good to get Marion Barber back on the field, as it was Sam Hurd,'' Smith said after practice Wednesday. ''Hopefully we'll have those guys available this week.''