Devin Hester not out for revenge against Bears

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester is dreading facing his former team the Chicago Bears at 4:25 pl.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

“Not especially,” said Hester when asked if he was looking forward to playing the Bears on Monday. “It’s going to feel like I’m playing against my brothers. Anybody that has brothers and have played against them in basketball or football, it’s the same type of thing.”

Before signing with the Falcons as a free agent in March, Hester played the eight previous season in the NFL with the Bears.

Hester has caught 14 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown. He also returned a punt for a touchdown against Tampa Bay to set the league mark for most returns for touchdowns with 20.

The Falcons and Hester appear to be taking a different tact approaching this game than Baltimore’s Steve Smith took when getting ready to play his old team, the Carolina Panthers.

Steven Smith was open and frank about wanting to prove to the Panthers that he could still play.

“It’s not really a big deal,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Devin looks forward to playing every game. He’s very passionate about playing football… .I don’t think that we’ll have to calm him down. He’s a very level headed player and he makes plays. I think he’ll do that again on Sunday.”

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