Bowman sits out practice again

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears cornerback Zack Bowman continues to sit out practice because of a sprained right foot.

Bears coach Lovie Smith anticipated having his entire roster healthy enough to practice after the bye week, but Bowman has now skipped both workouts this week.

Edwin Williams and Lance Briggs were listed as having limited participation. Roberto Garza had full participation.

Bowman was inactive for the Bears' 17-14 loss to Washington after hurting the foot against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 17.

Since replacing Bowman in the starting lineup Week 4, Tim Jennings has proven to be a dependable zone Cover-2 cornerback -- the Bears coverage of choice through the first seven games -- primarily because of his above-average tackling about ability. But Bowman remains the cornerback best suited to play man coverage because of his combination of size and speed. The fear is if the offense continues to sputter and the Bears find themselves down in games, the defense will be forced to play more Cover-1, which requires man coverage on the outside.

Bowman's status for Sunday remains unclear.

Besides Bowman, everyone appeared to practice Wednesday, including offensive guard Edwin Williams, who had been dealing with back issues.