Thomas says he's ready to go

Updated: October 29, 2003, 7:05 PM ET

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Anthony Thomas says he expects to play Sunday for the Chicago Bears after missing last week's game with a foot injury.

Thomas practiced on Wednesday for the first time since injuring the foot in a 20-13 loss at New Orleans.

Thomas, bothered in training camp with back spasms, got off to a slow start for the Bears. He rushed for 15 yards in the season opener and was limited to 53 yards on 10 carries the next week.

He finally got on track in the third game of the season, putting together back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. He had 96 yards rushing on 21 carries against New Orleans before the injury.

Bears coach Dick Jauron stopped short of saying Thomas would play against San Diego on Sunday, though he hopes to see him in the lineup.

"Anthony was really productive for us, obviously. We were running the ball very well with him," Jauron said. "He had a good day in practice. He didn't act like he was limited. He worked hard, cut off it, wasn't tentative at all. We'll just have to see how he comes through the thing and how the week goes."

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