Devin Hester Returns To Practice

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis, a positive sign the offense could get a boost for Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

Jeffery, the rookie second-round draft pick from South Carolina, has missed the previous two games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Prior to that, a broken right hand sidelined him for four games. But Jeffery was just at the point where it looked like he would be taking the starting job from Hester when he suffered the hand injury on a touchdown reception at Jacksonville Oct. 7.

Hester returned to practice for the first time since suffering a concussion in the victory over the Vikings on Nov. 25. It’s not known if Hester has received full clearance to play this Sunday at the Metrodome, but by practicing Wednesday in the Walter Payton Center, it appears he’s on course.

While the two wideouts were back in action, two more were missing. As expected, Earl Bennett was sidelined with a concussion. Marshall sat with an unknown ailment and it should be noted doctors and trainers did examine one of Marshall’s knees during the loss Sunday at Soldier Field to the Seattle Seahawks.

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