Bears LT Jermon Bushrod passes NFL concussion protocol

"I'm getting better every single day and that's all I can ask for," said Jermon Bushrod of his recovery from a concussion. AP Photo/Scott Boehm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Bears held four players out of Wednesday’s practice: Eddie Royal (ankle), Shea McClellin (knee), Antrel Rolle (ankle) and Terrance Mitchell (hamstring).

However, left tackle Jermon Bushrod recently passed the NFL’s concussion protocol and returned to practice in limited fashion.

Bushrod missed the last two games because of a concussion he sustained in Chicago’s loss in Seattle on Sept. 27.

“The last couple of weeks were tough,” Bushrod said. “It’s always tough not being out there with your guys. But I’m getting better every single day and that’s all I can ask for. I was able to go out there and do some things today. I felt good just going out there and running around and taking some sets. I’m encouraged right now. But we’re not going to push anything because I don’t look forward to having any more setbacks or things like that.”

Charles Leno will make his third consecutive start at left tackle on Sunday at Ford Field unless the Bears deem Bushrod healthy enough to play.

Head coach John Fox said the upcoming bye week has no bearing on what players the Bears will use versus the Lions.

“Like I said before, I think somebody asked me about altitude in the past, people have asked me about the weather in the past,” Fox said. “Same answer on the bye. If they're healthy, they play. If they're not, they won't.”

Also limited on Wednesday were: Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), Josh Bellamy (groin), Ego Ferguson (knee), Pernell McPhee (shoulder), Patrick Omameh (ankle), Jermemiah Ratliff (ankle) and Will Sutton (elbow).