CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Despite his recent struggles, Bears kicker Robbie Gould says we're not talking about a case of the "yips."
"I don't have the "Charles Barkley" right now," he said. "Everyone can make what they want of it... I'm pretty confident going out there and doing my job."
Gould's track record backs that up. However, the Bears record-setting kicker has missed five field goals since the start of November. Gould has taken the last few days to work out some mechanical kinks.
"Obviously I was pretty disappointed about not coming through for my teammates... but I know how to make field goals," said Gould.
Special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers echoed Gould's thoughts.
"For a guy who's been around as long as Robbie, he has his ways of fixing things," said Rodgers. "You trust a guy like that to bounce back because he has many times."
Of course, the Bears wouldn't be relying on game winning field goal attempts if they could muster more offense. Head coach John Fox says rookie wide receiver Kevin White continues to improve, but it remains very unlikely he'll be activated for Sunday. Receiver Marquess Wilson is also still out with a foot injury, but Eddie Royal was able to practice for the first time since he hurt his knee on November 1st.
"It felt great. You just miss being in the huddle," Royal said. "I give Jay and Adam Gase a lot of credit for what they've been able to do with the injuries we've had."
Fox added, "we haven't been able to keep our same wide receiver group together for some time... Obviously he's a guy we thought highly enough to go out and sign in free agency. He looked pretty good in practice."