Devin Hester expected to play
LAKE FORST, Ill. -- Although the Bears held out kick returner Devin Hester (ankle) from Thursday's practice, along with defensive end Julius Peppers (knee), coach Lovie Smith expects them to be available Sunday against the Detroit Lions in Chicago.
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"Hopefully tomorrow we'll have most of the guys back on the field," Smith said. "When you have a quick turnaround (after playing the Eagles Monday night), it takes a little bit longer sometimes to come back. We have a few more guys on the injured list today, but I don't think any of them are any more serious than we initially thought."
Peppers appeared to aggravate the left knee injury originally sustained Oct. 10 against Detroit, but finished the game against the Eagles, and contributed a sack.
Hester was hobbled by a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the 30-24 win.
"Obviously, there's some things that he can do that are very special," offensive coordinator Mike Martz said. "We've got guys that will fill in (if Hester can't play). But I would think that we would have him. I'm assuming we're going to have him. So I'm not going to go there with my mind right now."
For the Lions, running back Jahvid Best (concussion) didn't practice Thursday, along with defensive tackle Sammie Hill (ankle). Former Bears receiver Rashied Davis (foot) participated in limited work, as did safety Louis Delmas (foot), punter Ryan Donahue (right quadriceps), and kicker Jason Hanson (left knee).
Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.