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Bears could be without Earl Bennett this week

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The Bears have struggled all year finding someone other than Brandon Marshall to catch passes.

Now one of the few contributors other than Marshall might not make it this week, with wide receiver Earl Bennett’s status in doubt because of a concussion.

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, a source said Bennett was likely to miss Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

Bennett scored a first quarter touchdown against the Seahawks, but missed the second half and overtime after suffering a concussion.

The Bears have held Jay Cutler, Devin Hester and Shea McClellin out after their concussions.

The hope is that Hester and and Alshon Jeffery might return, but Bennett’s absence underlines just how lopsided the Bears offense is. Marshall’s 91 receptions are more than triple the next guy on the list (Matt Forte, 30). And after Bennett’s 23, no one else on the roster has reached 20.

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11 Responses to “Bears could be without Earl Bennett this week”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:15 PM

    That’s good, as it will provide a good excuse for another late season Cutler choke job.

  2. 4dabears says: Dec 5, 2012 12:22 PM

    Hester has pretty much lost his way. He can even no longer be considered a threat in the return game. Sad.

  3. kabasaman says: Dec 5, 2012 12:38 PM

    Bears could be without Earl Bennett this week?…. If he doesn’t start to show up when he is healthy, he won’t be back at all…
    Devin Hester should have been traded 2 years ago… He used to be a great kick retuner, but now is just an overpaid#4 receiver who is not good. Experiment = failure.

  4. larryboodry says: Dec 5, 2012 1:00 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:15 PM

    “That’s good, as it will provide a good excuse for another late season Cutler choke job.”

    All trash talk aside, it’s not Cutler I’m worried about…Dropped passes, missed tackles, and bonehead coaching decisions are what I’m worried about. (That said, Lovie going for it on 4th. & inches is a great call if Bush doesn’t get stuffed.)

    In case you didn’t notice, Cutler and Marshall actually brought the Bears back to tie that game, even if that was only prolonging the agony.

  5. fwippel says: Dec 5, 2012 1:14 PM

    It won’t matter. If Brandon Marshall shreds the Viking secondary like he did 10 days ago, and the Viking OL does it’s disappearing act, leaving Ponder to either run for his life or duck and chuck, Bennett will not be missed.

  6. bla bla bla says: Dec 5, 2012 1:14 PM

    It’s a conspiracy by the NFL. If they’d let the Bears play weak teams all year the Bears might actually win something. Or not.

  7. wanderingtwayne says: Dec 5, 2012 1:36 PM

    My faith will not go down the drain if the Bears don’t win a superbowl this year. But, please… Just beat the Packers at home. This season can still be saved with a Packer loss to the Bears in Chicago. Bear down… and merry Christmas.

  8. chi01town says: Dec 5, 2012 1:51 PM

    Bennett cant catch anyway. What Chicago needs is Ashlon Jeffery and the O-line to play well. Peppers and the defense needs to step up and make tackles. Cutler and Marshall can win these last few games but they will need some help

  9. larryboodry says: Dec 5, 2012 2:16 PM

    @wanderingtwayne:

    Merry Christmas!

  10. steelerben says: Dec 5, 2012 2:16 PM

    TO and Braylon Edwards are already in the parking lot looking for a tryout.

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 5, 2012 7:37 PM

    wanderingtwayne says: Dec 5, 2012 1:36 PM

    “My faith will not go down the drain if the Bears don’t win a superbowl this year. But, please… Just beat the Packers at home. This season can still be saved with a Packer loss to the Bears in Chicago. Bear down… and merry Christmas.”

    You’ve got better odds asking Santa for a pony.

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