The release of the Friday injury report was a good news/bad news situation for the Bears.
The good news is that it looks like they’ll have wide receivers Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery back in the lineup. Both players are listed as probable for Sunday against the Vikings. Hester missed last week’s game after suffering a concussion in the team’s first meeting with the Vikings and Jeffery has missed the last two games after having arthroscopic knee surgery.
Hester was coy about whether or not he’d be returning kicks, but it’s a pretty good bet he’ll be out there. Having Jeffery in the lineup could allow the Bears passing game to be a bit less Brandon Marshall-centric than it has been for much of the season and will make up for the absence of Earl Bennett, ruled out on Friday.
Also ruled out and the reason for the bad news half of the first sentence is cornerback Tim Jennings. Jennings hurt his shoulder against the Seahawks last week and there’s been no timetable put forth for his possible return to action. It’s a big blow for the Bears defense, especially since it is coupled with the loss of linebacker Brian Urlacher. Kelvin Hayden and D.J. Moore will be asked to do more at cornerback this week.