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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Earl Bennett out for Chicago Bears

By Michael C. Wright
ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman called the likelihood of Earl Bennett's availability “questionable at best” on Friday, and the scenario played out Sunday as the team listed the receiver among its inactives for the matchup against the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title.

Bennett missed practice all week leading into Sunday’s game, and another workout last week as he’s currently out of town dealing with a personal family issue.

Trestman plans to divvy up Bennett’s repetitions against the Packers between veteran Eric Weems and rookie Marquess Wilson. Wilson was inactive last week, and has caught only one pass this season for 3 yards. Weems, meanwhile, is mainly a special-teams contributor who has logged one reception for 8 yards.

A sixth-year veteran, Bennett is the club’s No. 3 receiver, and possesses chemistry with quarterback Jay Cutler because they played ball together in college at Vanderbilt. Bennett has caught 32 passes this season for 243 yards and four touchdowns.

Other Bears inactives included quarterback Jordan Palmer, offensive tackles Joe Long, Jonathan Scott, and James Brown as well as defensive end Cornelius Washington and receiver Chris Williams, who was recently added to the active roster.

Packers inactives included receiver Chris Harper, cornerback Jumal Rolle, linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad Jones, along with guard Lane Taylor, center/guard JC Tretter and defensive end C.J. Wilson.

With starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers returning from a broken collarbone, the Packers made all three of the quarterbacks on their roster active for the matchup against the Bears.