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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Devin Hester exits with chest injury

By Michael C. Wright
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Devin Hester left the Chicago Bears' 39-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday because of a chest injury, but the receiver declined to speak with the media in the locker room to discuss the extent of the ailment.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said the team doesn't "think it's anything serious."

The club also lost tight end Kellen Davis with an elbow injury in the third quarter after taking a hit from E.J. Henderson and Jamarca Sanford.

Davis had been a late addition to the injury report with a sore elbow going into Sunday's game, and he was listed as questionable.

"Hopefully, both of them will be OK," Smith said.

Hester hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler on the team's third play from scrimmage and broke a 98-yard kickoff return up the home team's sideline less than five minutes into the third quarter. The touchdown extended Hester's record for return touchdowns on kickoffs and punts to 16.

Hester actually suffered the chest injury on a Marion Barber run over right tackle for no gain with 45 seconds left in the third quarter.

The team officially declared Hester out in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Minnesota lost center John Sullivan and safety Jamarca Sanford to concussions. Sullivan was on the field for the Vikings' first series in the third quarter and then left the game. Sanford left midway through the quarter.

It was not clear how either injury happened.

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.