Hester's absence could cause problems

December, 10, 2009
12/10/09
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Devin Hester
Joe Nicholson/US PresswireDevin Hester missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a calf strain.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Devin Hester made a quick exit from the Walter Payton Center Thursday, refusing to go into much detail about his status for Sunday.

"I'll just leave it up to the trainers," Hester said about potentially practicing on Friday. "I feel better."

Hester has missed the last two days with a calf strain he suffered last weekend versus St. Louis.

"It's never good when a guy misses two days of practice, so hopefully he'll be a lot better tomorrow," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said.

If Hester is out, that would leave a very inexperienced receiving core to face a very savvy and veteran group in the Green Bay secondary. Is Smith concerned about that potential mismatch?

"We have confidence in them, of course they finished out the game last week," Smith said. " Devin Aromashodu has really stepped up. Guys are very comfortable with him. We know what Earl Bennett can do, we know a guy like Johnny Knox can do. Rashied Davis has played a lot of ball for us. We rely on our tight ends too, and of course [Matt] Forte. We still have a lot of options, but of course, we'd still like to play with Devin. Hopefully we will."

Aromashodu and Davis each have two catches on the season.

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Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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