Devin Hester hurt but says he's OK

The Bears got a little bit of a scare -- and still might not be out of the woods -- when wide receiver Devin Hester gingerly walked off the practice field at Olivet Nazarene with an ankle injury after colliding with Major Wright on a downfield pass play.

Hester jogged off the injury on an adjacent practice field, then returned for the final offensive drill of the day, making one catch of a pass from Jay Cutler.

Hester said he expects to practice Saturday night.

''I really don't know [what happened on the play],'' Hester said. ''Both of us were going for the ball. It just kind of happens in football.''

That Hester returned was a good sign. But it remains to be seen how it responds overnight.

''It was bothering me, but at the same time I wanted to see where it was at,'' Hester said. ''You can have a nagging injury, but it won't affect the way you're playing once the ball is snapped. I wanted to see how it felt once the ball is snapped.''

Bears coach Lovie Smith didn't have a problem with Wright's contact on Hester in a non-contact practice. ''We're in pads tomorrow, and there was a little bit of contact today, so we should be good,'' Smith said. ''It's the last day before you go. I'd say most camps around, there will be a little bit of contact right before you get into pads.''

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