Bears receiver Earl Bennett, who took a helmet to his chest in New Orleans Sept. 18, may miss several more games.
Bennett didn't play in a loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday because of what the team has described as a chest injury, but indications are he's expected to also miss the games against the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions.
The injury, though, isn't expected to be a season ender.
The team's primary slot receiver, Bennett was injured when Saints safety Roman Harper drilled him in the chest with his helmet at the end of a nine-yard catch. In the season opener, Bennett had two catches for 11 yards.
With him sidelined, undrafted rookie Dane Sanzenbacher has stepped in, catching nine passes for 66 yards, including two touchdowns.
Those are solid numbers. But the Bears certainly have a better offense with Bennett in it. He's a solid route runner, he's sure-handed, and quarterback Jay Cutler often turns to him in crucial situations, partly because the two played together at Vanderbilt University.