Martellus Bennett questionable after missing Friday’s practice

AP

The Bears return from their bye week for a Sunday night meeting with the Packers, but they may not have their starting tight end in the lineup.

Martellus Bennett has been listed as questionable for the game after missing practice on Friday because of a rib injury. Bennett popped up on the injury report for the first time on Thursday as a limited participant in practice, which suggests he suffered the injury during that day’s practice.

Bennett has 47 catches for 517 yards and five touchdowns on the season and the Bears would miss his production in a game they really need to win if they are going to get themselves out of the ditch they drove into by losing four of their last five games.

The Bears also announced that Michael Ola will start at left guard in place of Matt Slauson, who tore his pectoral muscle. They experimented with Jordan Mills at the spot as well, but he’ll remain at right tackle.

12 responses to “Martellus Bennett questionable after missing Friday’s practice

  1. At least you have MVP Smokin’ Jay Cutler. And by MVP I mean Most Valuable Pouter.

    Hope Rodgers sticks with his smoking hand signal this week: that was hilarious.

  2. I would have seen this as an opportunity for the Bears to surprise people with a strong showing, especially coming off of a bye week. But then the Packers are also coming off of a bye week. And I give the extra week of planning edge to Mike McCarthy’s staff hands down. Not that it takes much to prepare for Mel Tucker’s vaunted vanilla defensive schemes.

  3. For those saying ‘what does it matter’ – you haven’t watched any Bears football this season.

    Bennett and Forte have been the bright spots on the offense. Not to mention, with the rash of injuries on the O Line, Bennett’s blocking will be needed.

    Yes, the Bears are not good this year. Yes, the Bears will probably lose on Sunday night. But this is the NFL and ‘any given Sunday’ and all that.

    Having Dante Rosario as the starting TE is a big deal.

  4. Injuries, old age and a bad DC have doomed this team. This has been a weird season of good teams being bad and bad teams playing well(Cards, Cowboys, Lions, Browns, Fins, Bills). Any team that gets hot in the second half of the season could win it all.

  5. The Packers O-line is in shreds.

    As a Packers fan, I never take the Bears lightly.

    This will be a tough game.

  6. Both teams have had a bye week. I am very confident that the Packers coaching staff has made a whole lot better use of that time than the Bears clown crew of a coaching staff. Rodgers is healed up, it’s in Green Bay and it’s gonna be cold. Packers will have this one in the bag by halftime.

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