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Tim Jennings injury: Bears hoping star CB can return vs. Cardinals

The Chicago Bears hope cornerback Tim Jennings can return to the field to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

John Gress

The Chicago Bears are hopeful that cornerback Tim Jennings can return to the field on Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals. Jennings missed the Bears last two games after dislocating his shoulder during Chicago's Week 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Jennings leads the NFL with eight interceptions and also has 19 passes defended and 49 tackles in 12 games this season. On Wednesday, Jennings returned to practice for the first time since dislocating his shoulder. It was only a limited practice for Jennings, but coach Lovie Smith still has hope that he can return this week.

"Having a guy come back with eight interceptions and just the type of play that we've gotten from (Jennings) would give us all a boost," Smith said on Wednesday. Kelvin Hayden has started the last two games in place of Jennings across from cornerback Charles Tillman. The Bears secondary is hoping to take advantage of a Cardinals team that has thrown a league-leading 18 interceptions this season.