Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Most injured Bears participate in workout
By Michael C. Wright
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears concluded a light workout Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals and most of the injured players returned to participate at least on a limited basis with the exception of offensive tackle Jonathon Scott (hamstring) and linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring).
"Jonathan Scott's hamstring is getting better, but he's not there yet and Brian Urlacher (too) as a matter of fact. The rest of the guys were all able to do something at least on a limited basis, even though we didn't do a lot today," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "We are able to run around a little bit. So it was kind of encouraging to see how some of the other players that had been out."
Receiver Earl Bennett, who missed the last two games recovering from a concussion worked in a limited capacity Wednesday along with linebacker Geno Hayes (knee), cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder), defensive end Shea McClellin (knee) and defensive tackle Henry Melton (chest).
Hayes was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers along with Jennings, Urlacher, Melton, Bennett and McClellin. Smith expressed optimism about the availability of the majority of the injured players for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
"There's a chance we could get a few guys back that have impressive numbers, like a Henry Melton and guys like that," Smith said.
For the Cardinals, safeties Rashad Johnson (hamstring) and James Sanders (calf) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice along with receiver Early Doucet (concussion).
Defensive ends Calais Campbell (calf) and Ronald Talley (ankle) were limited, as were guard Mike Gibson (calf), linebacker Quentin Groves (foot), tight end Rob Housler (knee), offensive tackle Nate Potter (ankle), fullback Anthony Sherman (knee), cornerback Greg Toler (hamstring) and defensive tackle Dan Williams (hamstring). The Cardinals also listed long snapper Mike Leach (back/shoulder) on the injury report, but he participated fully in the team's workout.