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Major Wright misses practice

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Major Wright remained sidelined with a sprained shoulder Thursday, missing practice for the second consecutive day as the club prepped for Sunday's matchup against the Denver Broncos.

"[We] don't know if Major Wright will be able to go this week," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

That means backup Craig Steltz will likely start in Wright's place. Steltz filled for Wright in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and contributed nine tackles, drawing praise from Smith.

"You never know when an opportunity is going to present itself," Steltz said. "You've got to prepare each week like you're the starter, and realize you're just one play away. I had the opportunity this past week, and was able to take advantage of it."

Running back Matt Forte didn't participate in Thursday's practice, and is out Sunday because of a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Forte took a platelet-rich plasma injection to aid in his recovery earlier in the week, but is still expected to be out of action for at least two weeks.

Smith said backup Marion Barber would start at running back with Kahlil Bell taking over as the second teamer.

Nickel corner D.J. Moore (ankle) participated Thursday for the second straight day, and is expected to resume his role in the team's substitution packages against the Broncos after missing the last three contests. The club didn't include Moore or defensive tackle Henry Melton (knee) on its Thursday injury report.

After working in a limited capacity Wednesday to start the week of preparation, defensive tackle Anthony Adams (back), cornerback Charles Tillman (quadriceps) and linebacker Brian Urlacher (quadriceps) came back Thursday to participate fully in the practice session.

For the Broncos, running back Willis McGahee (knee), and receiver Eddie Royal (concussion) were held out of workouts. Safety David Bruton (Achilles), offensive tackle Ryan Clady (knee), and linebacker Von Miller (thumb) were limited.

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.