Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
The Bears will be near full strength for their Monday night matchup against the Lions, as the only notable player expected to miss the game is Alshon Jeffery.
The Chicago Bears will be mostly healthy when they face the Detroit Lions on Monday night. The Bears had nearly full participation in practice on Wednesday, with the only notable exception being wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who broke his hand against Jacksonville on Oct. 7. Linebacker Blake Costanzo and corner back Sherrick McManis were also held out of practice, but Costanzo is expected to play in spite of a thumb injury.
Wide receiver Earl Bennett and linebacker Brian Urlacher both practiced. Bennett was inactive for the Jaguars game, despite practicing the week leading up to that contest. He's expected to take Jeffery's place in the offense while his hand recovers. Urlacher has played every game for the Bears, but has frequently been held out of practice to keep him fresh. Fullback Evan Rodriguez is also back practicing this week.
Head coach Lovie Smith seemed happy that the Bears had a bye week when they did, as it allowed them to get healthy before entering the meat of the season. He told ESPNChicago:
"We had a few other guys that had some bumps and bruises," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "That's why you do want to get the bye week to be able to (heal); and having this extra day also has to help. There are no issues with any of our players as far as I'm concerned that had things like that. They should be good to go."