The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North two weeks ago, but Matt Nagy's squad still has something to play for in Week 17. It also turns out that they'll receive reinforcements on the offensive line in the form of Kyle Long.
Long has been out since October because of a tendon injury in his right foot.
With the playoff picture almost set in the NFC, the final Wild Card spot is up for grabs between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles.
If the Bears want to face the Vikings in the postseason, then they could lose on Sunday to force a rematch. On the other hand, they could also defeat Minnesota and open the door for Philadelphia to sneak into the last spot.
Although several starters are expected to miss tomorrow's showdown against the Vikings, the Bears will have one impact player back on the field for the remainder of the season.
Long will be activated today from the Injured Reserve and will be placed on the active roster, per NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
Not only will this help for Chicago's clash with Minnesota tomorrow, but it's a tremendous boost heading into the playoffs.
Chicago and Minnesota will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET from U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Bears would clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Vikings and a Los Angeles Rams' loss to the San Francisco 49ers.