LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The league does not require the Chicago Bears to release an official injury report until midweek, but tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) was present during the open portion of Monday’s scaled-back practice.
Bennett missed Chicago’s victory at Green Bay after he got hurt sometime in Week 11’s loss to the Denver Broncos.
After catching a career-high 90 balls for 916 yards and six touchdowns last year, Bennett is presently on pace to finish 2015 with 72 receptions. Unlike in recent years, the Bears can successfully utilize two tight ends in the offense -- Zach Miller has four touchdown catches over the last four games -- taking some pressure off Bennett.
Prior to last Thursday, Bennett hadn’t skipped a game due to injury since 2011.
On the season, Royal has just 26 catches for 171 yards and one touchdown in six games played.
The Bears next return to the practice field on Wednesday in advance of this Sunday’s home game versus the 49ers.