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Ellis Possible To Play Against Rams

ellis-at-practice.jpgGreg Ellis practiced on Wednesday more than he has since having surgery to repair his torn Achilles leaving head coach Wade Phillips to say there is at least an outside chance he could play Sunday against St. Louis.   A far cry from last week when Ellis didn’t practice at all and was ruled out for Chicago early in the week. Phillips seemed much more optimistic about Ellis’ return than he has all season since the first day of training camp when Ellis withdrew from practice after experiencing pain in his heel.  He was later diagnosed with bursitis .

“He did quite a bit more,” Phillips said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

Ellis participated in individual drills, some scout team and a little of the pass rush period. The most he had done previously was participate in all the individual drills.  This is certaily a positive step in the right direction for Ellis, a 10-year veteran who hasn’t played any football or fully practiced since suffering the torn Achilles Nov. 12 against Arizona.

“He’s done a lot of rehab stuff and not had a lot of setbacks,” Phillips said of Ellis, who stepped out of the first training camp practice after feeling some pain in his foot following the first set of individual drills.

“He seems to be better and is more confident now. We’ll see how he feels and see how he does tomorrow. He went harder today. He took on blocks and was a blocker some.”

When asked if there was a chance Ellis might play on Sunday, Phillips stated, “What I saw today, there is some outside shot.”

If Ellis were to play as early as this week, it would be similar to how Terrence Newman is making a gradual come-back to action.  Ellis could see some action in the nickel package or as a defensive lineman on obvious passing downs to apply some pressure, but most likely would have limited playing-time.  

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