By Matt Zahn

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — Eddie Jackson was back on the practice field for the Bears at Halas Hall on Thursday.

Jackson has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, so this is a good sign for the Bears safety returning.

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Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson, and Danny Trevathan were all absent from the practice field for the portion open to the media.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Graham seems to be handling a tough season pretty well.

“I didn’t think I’d be the old man in the locker room ever, but here I am,” Graham said.

The 35-year-old has just two catches all year and had to miss two games because of COVID-19.

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But he has also embraced a leadership role especially when it comes to Cole Kmet.

“I know I have many different roles on this team. Have to be ready when my number’s called,” he said. “I know I have a leadership role with these young guys, with my boy Cole. Seeing his growth is awesome. I had many helping hands get me where I am today.”

Graham did have a big 28-yard catch in the second half against Pittsburgh, and nearly had a touchdown as well. It was part of a breakout second half for Justin Fields and the Bears offense.

It’s something the Bears hope can carry over against the Ravens.

“Everybody was on the same page – protection,” said Bears offensive lineman Cody Whitehair. “We had a rhythm, so hopefully we can carry that forward. We’re going up against a good defense. Can’t beat ourselves.”

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Lamar Jackson missed a second straight day of practice for the Ravens with a non-COVID illness. It is the fourth time he’s been sidelined this season because he’s been sick, but it hasn’t seemed to slow him down at all.