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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Bears' Bennett close to returning

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Receiver Earl Bennett (torso) is inching closer to a return to the field after he had full participation in Wednesday's practice that was held indoors at the Walter Payton Center. Bennett hasn't been active since he suffered a serious torso injury in the Bears' Week 2 loss at New Orleans.

"He's just a dependable guy who does a great job in the slot," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "That's one thing I can say about Earl Bennett since he's been here; we pretty much know what he's going to do each game. He's not an up and down type player. He's a consistent football player in just about any role we put him in. We're anxious to get him back out on the field."

The Bears still could decide to hold Bennett out of Sunday's contest in London against the Tampa Bay Bucs, but the receiver is expected to return no later than the club's Nov. 7 game in Philadelphia following the bye.

Tight end Kellen Davis (elbow), receiver Devin Hester (chest) right tackle Gabe Carimi (knee) and defensive tackle Matt Toeaina (knee) all missed practice on Wednesday.

Safety Anthony Walters was limited with a knee injury.