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Devin Hester questionable for Lions game

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The Bears might be without one of their biggest weapons for Sunday’s big game with the Lions.

Devin Hester is listed as doubtful questionable on the team’s injury report with the ankle injury he suffered against the Eagles on Monday night. Hester hasn’t been able to practice all week, which could leave the Bears without a player who can turn a game around in a heartbeat thanks to his abilities as a returner. Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that coach Lovie Smith is “hopeful” about Hester playing but realistic about needing to have a backup plan at the ready.

“We’re confident,” Smith said. “You’re right — there’s only one Devin Hester. No one has anyone like him. So without him there, we’ll just have another very good returner to replace him. We have other guys on our roster who have scored touchdowns in NFL games. So we should be OK.”

Johnny Knox has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the past and he also took a punt to the house earlier this season when the Bears drew up a wonderful bit of trickery that wound up being called back because of a penalty. Still, the biggest takeaway from Smith’s comments is that there is only one Hester and his absence wouldn’t be something easily overcome.

The Bears did have some good injury news to report on Friday. Defensive end Julius Peppers returned to practice and is expected to play against the Lions.

UPDATE: Earlier reports indicated Hester was doubtful for Sunday’s game. The Bears officially list him as questionable.

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14 Responses to “Devin Hester questionable for Lions game”
  1. thridandlong says: Nov 11, 2011 4:29 PM

    Doubtful he won’t run one back.

  2. packfaninchitown says: Nov 11, 2011 4:32 PM

    Looks like the Lions are going to sweep Da Bears…

  3. lapsncaps says: Nov 11, 2011 4:37 PM

    That will be a big loss for the Bears. But the Bears will still have to stop the Lions from scoring, no matter how many points the Bears can get with or without their big play guy. Just means more touches for Forte.

  4. camjon32 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:51 PM

    I will feel a lot better about my Lions if they go into Soldier field and beat Da Bears. But somehow, I lack faith. Perhaps it’s the years of being let down that has seemingly tarnished my trust. I will be cheering as loudly as the next Lions fan, but will be doing so with a finger firmly planted on the “I told you so” button.

    Go Lions!

  5. grogansheroes says: Nov 11, 2011 4:58 PM

    I thought Hester played for the Bears??

  6. shorttracknews says: Nov 11, 2011 5:01 PM

    This isn’t that big of a loss for the Bears. You always like to have Hester back there but Knox will do just fine in the return game and having Bennett back is a huge plus for the WR core of this team. This is a totally different team since they last faced the Lions. Should be a great game.

  7. lks311 says: Nov 11, 2011 5:02 PM

    If Devin Hester can’t play, that will be a loss for the Bears, but, this game turns on the Lions DL’s ability to make Cutler uncomfortable. If the ends keep him from drifting, then, Detroit wins this game…whether Devin plays or not.

  8. clark54bears says: Nov 11, 2011 5:02 PM

    The Lions still suck, Bears won’t need Hester to throw them a revenge beating. Back to life, back to reality Detroit…

  9. catchhester23 says: Nov 11, 2011 5:12 PM

    Doubtful, questionable, probable none of it means much of anything ask the vikings what doubtful means, peppers was in that game and it was one of his best played games this year. Have a feeling hester will return kicks and won’t play much wr.

  10. packfaninchitown says: Nov 11, 2011 5:28 PM

    The Lions still suck…
    6-2 > 5-3

  11. polegojim says: Nov 11, 2011 6:52 PM

    This will be a great game.

    Wish Hester was going to play, but he won’t.
    Always liked the Bears… but can’t stand Pouting Jay Cutler.

    My Lions have some ‘proving’ to do, but believe they’ll get it done.

    GO LIONS!!! Nick – your impact game has arrived.

  12. dino2997 says: Nov 11, 2011 7:24 PM

    The Lions are a lot like the Packers. A finesse passing team. With the weather getting colder I expect both teams to take a step back.

  13. gb4mn0 says: Nov 11, 2011 8:47 PM

    No matter what happens this weekend in the NFC North the MN vikequeers will still be in scum on the bottom of the garbage can, dead last place.

    Ain’t life great for the purple excrement balls?

  14. adirtyplayernamedsue says: Nov 12, 2011 10:48 AM

    I just hope went the lions lose to the Bears this week, Lovie don’t shake little schwantzy’s hand too hard and make him cry again.

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