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Injury report lists Hester "questionable"

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Devin Hester has been listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. Tampa Bay with the torn cartilage in his rib cage.

Hester did not practice this week and the prospects of him playing would seem to be worse than the 50-50 that some equate to questionable.

"The progress is getting better than it was [Thursday],'' Hester said. "[I'm] still pushing for Sunday and hoping I'll be able to go out there and play.

"I'll let everything get cleared by the trainers and whenever they come to an agreement that they feel I'm ready, then I'll go with it."

If Hester does not play, Marty Booker and perhaps Mark Bradley are expected to see increased playing time on offense. Danieal Manning is locked into the role as the kick returner and it's a toss-up between Nathan Vasher and Earl Bennett on punt returns. Rashied Davis also took some reps in practice this week.

Rookie safety Craig Steltz was listed as doubtful, which means he will not play with his sprained right ankle.

Defensive tackle Tommie Harris had full participation in Friday's practice and is probable. He will start.

For Tampa Bay, wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot) and right guard Davin Joseph (foot) are out. The Bucs list starting defensive end Gaines Adams (abdomen) and weak-side linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring) as questionable. Same for cornerback Aqib Talib, who has a pulled hamstring. Adams has full participation in practice while Brooks and Talib were limited.

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Danieal Manning isn't no Devin Hester, as far as returning kicks, but with that being said, Manning could probably start on another team as a return man. The drop off shouldn't be felt there as hard as it will at punt return, Hester is an elite punt returner. Don't get me wrong, I like Nathan Vasher, what I don't like is having one of our starting corners returning punts. I wouldn't mind Earl Bennett, Bennett proved in the pre-season he could take one the distance, but he also proved he can drop one, hopefully he has since fixed this problem.
At receiver, I've been wanting to check out Marty Booker. And hey, Mark Bradley is still on the team?? [just kidding] I also wouldn't mind finally getting a chance to check out Mark Bradley. Bradley has proved in the past he has the ability to take one the distance. Injuries have killed Bradley's career, as a rookie Bradley flashed the ability to be a big play receiver, and we all remember that fateful Lions game where Bradley went down. Before the injury, Bradley was on pace for his first 100 yard game, and him and Orton were working good together, so maybe, just maybe!! I do know one thing, Mark Bradley needs to show something, and quick. There is only so long you can get by on potential, and potential alone. Right now there is a certain receiver on the practice squad who a lot of Bear fans wouldn't mind getting a chance, lets just hope some other team doesn't feel the same way and snag him from our practice squad before we ever get a chance to see Brandon Rideau during a regular season game. GO BEARS!!

Just get Idonije in there!!! Don't put Bennett back there because he will drop it. Let Rashied do it.

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