Devin Hester is not participating in the practice in full pads this afternoon at Halas Hall. He is on the field but not in uniform, and nickel back Brandon McGowan was not spotted on the field when the media was allowed to view the beginning of practice.
Hester injured the left side of his ribs running back a kickoff in the third quarter at Carolina on Sunday. He had an MRI Tuesday and it's not believed the injury is serious, that it could have been just a fluke occurrence. Hester has said he is feeling fine and expects to play Sunday vs. Tampa Bay.
McGowan left Bank of America Stadium on Sunday with a walking boot on his left ankle. If he cannot go it presents a quandary for the Bears. They moved Danieal Manning out of the position after the third preseason game and a move like that isn't made without serious thought. After all, Manning had been touted as the top nickel back for all of the offseason and training camp. We'll see if the players are available following practice and if Dr. Smith chooses to shed any light on the situations.
Center Olin Kreutz was also sitting out practice. No word yet but the best guess is it is a veteran day off.