Bears hope to have Peppers against Vikings

The Chicago Bears hope to have Pro Bowl defensive end Julius

Peppers available this week against Minnesota after he mildly

sprained his left knee.

Peppers was injured in the first half of Monday’s loss at

Detroit and briefly left the game.

Coach Lovie Smith says the knee was ”still sore” Wednesday,

but he will ”hopefully” be able to practice Friday and play this

week. Smith also says defensive tackle Matt Toeaina also suffered a

knee injury against the Lions and that defensive end Corey Wootton

will hopefully be available. He missed the first three games with a

knee injury and sat out Monday with a broken hand.