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Hester likely to miss Packers game

The Chicago Tribune wrote in this morning’s paper that Devin Hester would miss Sunday’s game against the Packers if he sat out another practice Friday.

He sat out another practice.

A calf injury is expected to keep Chicago’s top receiver sidelined for the team’s rivalry game, which is more bad news for the sagging Bears passing attack.

Early in the season, at least the Bears racked up passing yards, if not wins.  Now they are struggling to move the ball at all.

Hester isn’t quite the “number one” receiver the Bears call him, but he has taken a big step forward this season.  He has already set career highs with 54 catches and 682 yards. 

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34 Responses to “Hester likely to miss Packers game”
  1. Manbearpig says: Dec 11, 2009 11:35 AM

    That’s OK. The Packers will lose anyway, because they suck.

  2. Emoney says: Dec 11, 2009 11:48 AM

    So do you think this will mean that I can expect more than two catches for 1 yard for Greg Olsen on my fantasy team? This guy hasn’t lived up to the hype that I thought he would with the exception of one good game.

  3. DocBG says: Dec 11, 2009 11:50 AM

    Its damn painful to have to cheer for the bears, but hopefully they can pull of a win here. to hell with the packers.

  4. pkrjones says: Dec 11, 2009 11:52 AM

    Doesn’t matter too much, as Cutler’s confidence (in the playcalling, the OL, his receivers, his RB) is toast. He’ll be handing-off 30 times to Forte on Sunday (10 x 3 and outs)… good thing the Bears gave-up (2) 1st round picks and $50Mill for their “franchise” QB. Thanks Angelo, for guaranteeing a Packer NFC North domination for the next decade.

  5. DonTerrelli says: Dec 11, 2009 11:52 AM

    Hester sux, get a real WR

  6. Emoney says: Dec 11, 2009 11:56 AM

    Manbearpig:
    The Packers suck? Remind me again what the records are between the two? Remind me again who has the better QB? Remind me again who has better receivers? Hell, as much as I hate Ryan Grant, I’m starting to think that he’s better than Forte. Forte is a one year wonder. Oh, and remind me who has the dominant defense this year?
    Oh but you’re probably right. The Packers suck. You’re just bitter. Someday maybe the Bears will be competitive again.

  7. Bob Nelson says: Dec 11, 2009 11:58 AM

    That is too bad about Hester.
    At least the Bears will be higher in the draft when they get to pick.
    All QB and no line gets a QB much maligned.

  8. PurpleIsForGays says: Dec 11, 2009 12:03 PM

    @ Manbearpig;
    You are an idiot, please go play with your dads revolver and see what happens.
    Sincerely,
    Everyone on this site.

  9. Bordner says: Dec 11, 2009 12:06 PM

    Agreed.
    The Bears suck.
    Hester is a Bear, hence Hester sucks.

  10. SpartaChris says: Dec 11, 2009 12:12 PM

    /sigh.. I know I should be happy about GB dodging some bullets of late, but I’d really like to take teams on full strength. There’s no better barometer for where you are as a team than when you play your opponents while they are at full strength.

  11. packers4life says: Dec 11, 2009 12:15 PM

    “That’s OK. The Packers will lose anyway, because they suck. ”
    Haha. Who beat the Bears in Week one? Then again, who hasn’t beaten the Bears this season?
    and oh yeah let’s not forget. Cutler has, what, 20 interceptions this season? while Rodgers only has 7 which is is just as many interceptions Cutler throws in a game.

  12. last starfighter says: Dec 11, 2009 12:20 PM

    Never should have used him as a receiver, even though he’s probably their best receiver by default.

  13. OmegaXxXNFL says: Dec 11, 2009 12:25 PM

    “Manbearpig says:
    December 11, 2009 11:35 AM
    That’s OK. The Packers will lose anyway, because they suck.”
    Wow, some fierce football mind you got there.

  14. Bob Loblaw says: Dec 11, 2009 12:27 PM

    Bob Nelson says: “That is too bad about Hester. At least the Bears will be higher in the draft when they get to pick.”
    You mean in the 3rd round? Because they Bears already traded away their 1st (for Jay Cutler) and 2nd (for Gaines Adams).

  15. hedley not heddy says: Dec 11, 2009 12:29 PM

    The wealth of football acumen on this site is dizzying! The Packers are gonna win this game because of better quarterback play and defence.
    If that is too much to handle keep your hands off the keyboard.

  16. Packerpunk says: Dec 11, 2009 12:30 PM

    Oh, that is just awful news about Hester. Awful. Now I don’t even have to watch the game because the Pack will win by 3 touchdowns easily.
    Oh….. wait a minute, I love to watch the Packers kick the Bears ass. Yes, I will be watching.

  17. OmegaXxXNFL says: Dec 11, 2009 12:30 PM

    This really hurts the Bears, I mean they are thin mints as it is; maybe they can just forfeit the game? Who’s Cuntler going to be tossing to and I don’t mean the locker-room (passing out protein to his fello WR’s).

  18. footballrulz says: Dec 11, 2009 1:03 PM

    Oh, I don’t know Bob. Aaron seemed to do pretty well even when he didn’t have a line. Got the crap beat out of him but he still threw catchable passes & few INT’s.
    That being said, as last night proved, the Pack should be looking past no one. Bears always bring it for this game–should be a good one, It’s in Chicago & they’re coming off a win.

  19. simple_simon1 says: Dec 11, 2009 1:03 PM

    I don’t care a lot for either of these teams, to put it mildly, but it doesn’t matter if Hester plays or not. There is no chance that this game is even close by halftime, with or without him. The Bears only remaining win this year might be week 17 against my sad Lions. Oh well, at least Lions fans know they’re bad. Things will start to get better in the next couple years. What about the Bears? Wow. What a train wreck. Gave up so much for Cutler and now, need WR’s, need a good second RB, need an entire new defense almost as they are starting to play their age. Gonna be some bad times for the Bears.

  20. Majik Man says: Dec 11, 2009 1:09 PM

    Emoney
    Manbearpig is a Vikes fan, so all those questions you asked him, the answers would be Vikings, Vikings, and Vikings.
    pkrjones says:
    Thanks Angelo, for guaranteeing a Packer NFC North domination for the next decade.
    ______________
    Just like they’re dominating it this year, right champ?

  21. Philtration says: Dec 11, 2009 1:16 PM

    It is not the Bears passing game that has struggled as of late.
    It is the idiots in charge who want Cutler to throw for 175 yards and play it safe.
    If you wanted a game manager that makes little difference at QB then why in the hell did you bother getting him in the first place?
    I really wish Angelo, Lovie and their gang of yes men would just go away at the end of this season.
    They have no idea how to develop or use their talent.

  22. Contra says: Dec 11, 2009 1:19 PM

    No amount of help can get the Packers a win or a playoff berth for that matter. Plain and simple, they blow and as much as their lame fans try to hold on to whatever glory days they had its sad to say that its over.

  23. everythingchicagoblows says: Dec 11, 2009 1:21 PM

    manbearpig:
    Every time I piss in the Fox River out my back yard, I rejoice in the fact that it will sooner or later float down to your cesspool of a city. Keep coming up North so we can dole out some more speeding tickets and overpriced vacation rentals Then go home, curl up in a ball, stick your thumb in your mouth, and accept the fact that 1985 was the only joy your shit-town ever had.
    Chicago Bears–following the futility of the Cubs.

  24. Nighthawk says: Dec 11, 2009 1:43 PM

    Hester is about as useless at wide receiver as a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin getting it on. He should have been left on kick returns because that’s what he’s great at.

  25. Ruvell100 says: Dec 11, 2009 1:44 PM

    The Packers NEVER play well against this team at Soldier. I mark them down as a split every year. That said, the Pack is playing great and the Bears are absolutely terrible. Which scares me even more.
    This is now the toughest game left on the Packers schedule. If the playoffs are locked, AZ will probably play vanilla against the Pack since they’d play them the next week and the Steelers might actually be the worst 5-7 team ever.

  26. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 11, 2009 1:54 PM

    In a lousy season, this game is like our little Superbowl for the year. If the Bears win…………..crap!!!

  27. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 11, 2009 2:15 PM

    Hey Bob Nelson,
    They don’t get a pick. Maybe you forgot.

  28. Sheesh says: Dec 11, 2009 2:27 PM

    The Pack get’s every break when it comes to playing team with injuries….Detroit had their two stars hurt on Thanksgiving…last week Ed reed and Suggs were out…this week hestor…next week Pittsburgh and Troy P….as a Pack fan i will take it

  29. Sow Crates says: Dec 11, 2009 2:48 PM

    Hester was on pace for a 1000 yard season on a bad offense. True what they say, he doesn’t make the type of impact you think a #1 receiver would make. But there will be plenty of teams that have a similar record and similar struggles along the offensive line by the end of the year that won’t have a receiver who produced in the same capacity as Hester.
    As for the inevitable knocks against the Bears for acquiring Jay Cutler this off-season, I don’t think Orton + Jeremy Maclin (Angelo’s likely pick at #18) + 2010 first rounder – Johnnie Knox + whatever we take in the 3rd round changes the Bears’ record by more than a game, maybe two. Cutler clearly was the biggest factor in losses to Green Bay and San Fran, but also won in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter versus the Steelers and Seahawks, games where the Bears couldn’t run and needed big pass plays. Last time I check, Orton and Maclin would not have been available to stop the Bengals or Cardinals from scoring on their first 6 possessions.
    Cutler throwing interceptions versus the Bengals in a losing effort never bothered me; he didn’t care about his statistics and refused to quit throwing and trying to put points on the board. The game was over about 20 minutes in when it was 28-0 and Benson had over 100 yards already. The quantity of interceptions this season is tainted by this sort of game. But something clearly was shaken before and after the Bears’ bye week; the success we had throwing the ball versus Pittsburgh, Seattle and Detroit was obviously skin-deep and purely based on athletic talent, not effective play management. Everybody knows how to attack our offensive line and achieve success now that the game tapes are available.
    The Bears simply must find a way to get better athletes on the offensive line with more promise than guys over 30 years old, on their 3rd team as a project player, or who had a season-ending back injury as a 23-year old.
    On defense, I think they have put off signing an older, big-cash DT to line up next to Tommie Harris. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize how Ted Washington was good with the Bears in 2001, won a superbowl as New England’s nose tackle 2 years later and gave the Raiders a surprisingly good defense when he, Sapp and Derrick Burgess started in like 2004 or 2005. Find a DT with BETTER run-stopping abilities than Tommie Harris, because right now he’s both our best inside pass rusher and best run stopper, and that’s just not a good combination. Pat Williams was not a home-grown Minnesota player, but he’s precisely what the Vikings needed to unlock Kevin Williams’ full potential, even though his sack totals have declined the past 2 years.

  30. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 11, 2009 4:29 PM

    Sheesh says:
    December 11, 2009 2:27 PM
    The Pack get’s every break when it comes to playing team with injuries….Detroit had their two stars hurt on Thanksgiving…last week Ed reed and Suggs were out…this week hestor…next week Pittsburgh and Troy P….as a Pack fan i will take it
    ——————————
    Devin Hester is averaging 56 yards a game receiving and hasn’t returned a kick for a TD in two years. I tend to think it benefits the Bears that Hester’s not playing.
    Having a real receiver play will probably benefit them more than putting a returner out there.

  31. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 11, 2009 4:56 PM

    Sow Crates says:
    December 11, 2009 2:48 PM
    Hester was on pace for a 1000 yard season on a bad offense. True what they say, he doesn’t make the type of impact you think a #1 receiver would make. But there will be plenty of teams that have a similar record and similar struggles along the offensive line by the end of the year that won’t have a receiver who produced in the same capacity as Hester.
    ——————————
    He’s on pace for 909 yards, not even close to 1,000. And there were 21 WRs who hit 1,000 yards last season. 27 WRs had over 900 yards. Hester is not a #1 WR and in my opinion it’s a big mistake to play him at WR.

  32. Philtration says: Dec 11, 2009 10:27 PM

    everythingchicagoblows says: December 11, 2009 1:21 PM
    manbearpig:
    Every time I piss in the Fox River out my back yard, I rejoice in the fact that it will sooner or later float down to your cesspool of a city.
    —————————————————-
    Still holding out against that indoor plumbing thing in Wisconsin I see.
    How is the crime rate in Milwaukee doing these days cheesedick?
    Still going for the title of “Detroit Jr.”?

  33. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 12, 2009 1:08 PM

    Philtration says:
    December 11, 2009 10:27 PM
    Still holding out against that indoor plumbing thing in Wisconsin I see.
    How is the crime rate in Milwaukee doing these days cheesedick?
    Still going for the title of “Detroit Jr.”?
    ——————————–
    I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Chicago’s rate of violent crime is 2.18 times the national average. Milwaukee’s rate is 1.49 times the national average.
    But hey, enjoying paying those tolls to keep your roads shitty. It’s working!

  34. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Dec 13, 2009 4:59 PM

    Gee, they sit Hester down, start two WRs and they both have relatively good games. It’s almost like someone predicted that.

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