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Hillenmeyer set to return to practice

12/10/2009

By JEFF DICKERSON

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- After sitting out Wednesday with a groin injury, Bears middle linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is set to return to the practice field on Thursday.

"Just got an extra day of rest in yesterday," Hillenmeyer said. "I'm full go in practice today."

Fellow linebacker Lance Briggs is expected to practice for a second consecutive day, and is expected to start Sunday versus Green Bay.

"I think so," Briggs responded when asked if was playing Sunday. "I'm practicing a lot more this week than last week. If it's up to me, I'm playing every week."

Offensive tackle Orlando Pace (groin) is expected to be limited for a second straight time, while Devin Hester is missing another practice because of a calf strain.