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Helu sat out Monday’s practice with two sore Achilles tendons. Shanahan wasn’t sure how Helu hurt his right Achilles tendon or whether he’d be able to play against Indianapolis.

“It’s kind of hard to tell right now; we’ve got a number of days left. Right now, both Achilles are a little sore. So that’s not good news,” Shanahan said. “He’s had a little recovery time, so I’m hoping it’s not as bad as it was last week.”

With Hightower and Helu on the shelf, rookie Alfred Morris has been given an opportunity to showcase himself. At Chicago, the sixth-round pick had 10 carries for 34 yards.

“I thought he did a good job. When he did have a couple holes in there, he got the extra yardage,” said Shanahan, who pointed out there’s a learning curve for all rookies. “You put them in situations, and sometimes it gets a little fast. But I was pleased with his effort and the way he ran the football.”

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Fletcher practiced fully after missing the Bears game because he wasn’t feeling well. The veteran reported feeling “great.” Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger took part in drill work Monday as he works his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery.