The Bears are waiting for the swelling to go down before taking an MRI of the left side of Devin Hester's rib area.
Hester left the game Sunday following a kickoff return during the third quarter. He ran out of bounds on the Carolina sideline on the play and clutched his side. A source close to the player said he didn't take a hit in the area earlier in the game and that it is unlikely he is suffering from bruised or cracked ribs. The expectation is that Hester pulled something but more will not be known until he undergoes the MRI, which might not happen until tomorrow.
He was moving gingerly through the locker room after the game Sunday as he was treated by medical personnel.
Losing Hester for any period of time would be a big blow to the Bears considering he led them in touchdowns the past two seasons. As methodical as the offense has looked, it needs every bit of field position it can get. Hester did not appear on offense in the second half of the game against the Panthers, getting 12 snaps on offense during the first half.