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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Chicago Bears' Hunter Hillenmeyer practices; Tommie Harris out

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Thursday's practice brought with it a mixture of good and bad news.

Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer had full participation, an encouraging development which seems to indicate the veteran is on track to return Sunday in Cincinnati. Hillenmeyer could slide back over to the strong side, leaving Nick Roach in the middle when the Bears face the Bengals.

On the downside, defensive tackle Tommie Harris skipped practice for the second consecutive day. Harris has been listed on the injury report with a "knee" the entire season, but usually practices on Thursdays.

"It's precautionary, but whenever a player misses a couple of days there's a little bit of concern," head coach Lovie Smith said. "Hopefully he'll be ready to go tomorrow."

Defensive tackle Israel Idonije also practiced while Adrian Peterson sat out. Josh Bullocks, Corey Graham and Kevin Payne were limited.