Devin Hester's status uncertain

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- With wide receiver Devin Hester unable to practice Wednesday due to an ankle sprain, and his status uncertain until late in the week, the Bears are looking at the possibility of playing without their breakaway special teams threat.

Hester was limping noticeably late Monday night after the game. Losing him against the Lions in a rematch of the game the Bears lost 24-13 earlier would be a bigger blow to special teams than offense, although he had also been coming on as a receiver prior to the injury.

Hester had 14 catches for 169 yards over three games before the Eagles game -- the most catches he's had for three games since Mike Martz became the team's offensive coordinator.

The Bears are far more suited to deal with Hester's absence than a few weeks ago because Earl Bennett returned to make five catches for 95 yards Monday after a chest injury.

Without Bennett and Hester, the receiver corps might be in a tough situation. But Bennett is one of the few Bears receivers with an ability to play any of the wide receiver positions in the offense. Johnny Knox would likely replace Hester on special teams.

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