Antonio Gates is expected to return against the Raiders in Oakland, although his snaps might be limited, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Gates has missed two games with a hamstring injury. The five-time All-Pro has six receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown this season.
Other injury news we are watching on Sunday:
- Bears pass-catchers Alshon Jeffery (knee) and Zach Miller (ribs) are active, as is running back Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring). Eddie Royal (calf) is also active.
- The Patriots will have their full complement of pass-catchers, including Julian Edelman (foot) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), as well as running back LeGarrette Blount (hip), quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee).