- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Saddled with enough injuries to field a starting lineup, the Chicago Bears elected to skip a full practice on Wednesday and officially said that 11 players would have missed the workout had they conducted one.
"Just felt like another day to heal up would benefit us more than trying to go out there and having guys double up on a lot of things," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.
Quarterback Jay Cutler (neck/knee) topped the list, along with receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) and linebackers Lance Briggs (knee/hip), Geno Hayes (knee), and Brian Urlacher (hamstring), who is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season. Running back Michael Bush (ribs) was also listed among those that wouldn't have practiced along with tight end Kellen Davis (knee), cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder), defensive end Shea McClellin (knee), defensive tackle Henry Melton (chest), and offensive tackle Jonathan Scott (shoulder).
Cutler did he say he felt good and he'll "be ready" Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Paea and Spencer were inactive Sunday during the team's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.