With wide receiver Earl Bennett possibly out for the Chicago Bears match up with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the return of Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester to practice on Wednesday was a tremendous positive for the battered Bears.
Jeffery has missed six of the last seven games for the Bears with multiple injuries. Jeffery fractured his hand in October and missed four games before returning for the Bears game against the San Francisco 49ers three weeks ago. His return didn’t last one full game as Jeffery went down with a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery.
Hester missed last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks after suffering a concussion in the Bears first match up with Minnesota two weeks ago. The return to practice for Hester is a positive step in being able to play this week against the Vikings.
When Bennett went down with a concussion Sunday, the Bears only had three healthy receivers they could turn to in Brandon Marshall, Eric Weems and Dane Sanzenbacher. Chicago could get a big boost in getting Jeffery and Hester back on the field this week.
Jeffery has 16 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns in six games for the Bears this season. Hester has 18 grabs for 203 yards and a touchdown.