Bennett (hand) questionable vs. Jaguars

October, 5, 2012
10/05/12
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- For the second straight week Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (hand) is listed as questionable on the injury report after he had limited participation in practice on Friday in preparation for Sunday's game against Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bennett was inactive on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys because of a lingering left hand injury he suffered a couple of weeks ago on the practice field. Bennett managed to play hurt in two games before the Bears doctors and medical staff decided he needed the rest his injured hand in Week 4.

Bennett is hopeful he can return to face the Jaguars, although the Bears could opt to sit him until after the bye week.

"It's feeling a lot better so we'll see what happens this weekend," Bennett said. "I'm able to catch the ball a lot better so I just look forward to this weekend and see what happens.

"It's very frustrating anytime I'm not able to be out there to help my teammates. I'm a very competitive guy who loves to help his team out, and for me not to be able to be out there and help them, it's heart-breaking."

Defensive end Julius Peppers (ankle) also was limited in practice on Friday but is probable to play in Jacksonville. So is running back Matt Forte (ankle), who had full participation in Friday's workout.

Rookie fullback Evan Rodriguez has been ruled out for a second straight game with a knee injury.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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