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Bears practice update: Hester hurt but says he's OK.

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The Bears got a little bit of a scare -- and still might not be out of the woods -- when wide receiver Devin Hester gingerly walked off the practice field at Olivet Nazarene with an ankle injury after colliding with Major Wright on a downfield pass play.

Hester jogged off the injury on an adjacent practice field, then returned for the final offensive drill of the day, making one catch of a pass from Jay Cutler.

Hester said he expects to practice Saturday night.

''I really don't know [what happened on the play],'' Hester said. ''Both of us were going for the ball. It just kind of happens in football.''

That Hester returned was a good sign. But it remains to be seen how it responds overnight.

''It was bothering me, but at the same time I wanted to see where it was at,'' Hester said. ''You can have a nagging injury, but it won't affect the way you're playing once the ball is snapped. I wanted to see how it felt once the ball is snapped.''

Bears coach Lovie Smith didn't have a problem with Wright's contact on Hester in a non-contact practice. ''We're in pads tomorrow, and there was a little bit of contact today, so we should be good,'' Smith said. ''It's the last day before you go. I'd say most camps around, there will be a little bit of contact right before you get into pads.''

The Bears' second training camp practice without pads was otherwise perfunctory. Jay Cutler was 10-of-12 in the 7-on-7 passing drill, including deep balls to Earl Bennett, tight end Kellen Davis, Hester and big pass plays to Dane Sanzenbacher, Eric Weems and Brittan Golden.

Cutler threaded the needle to Davis on a seam route for a big gainer that never seems to happen in the regular season but sure looked good in Bourbonnais. Cutler also completed a deep pass to Brandon Marshall, but Marshall only had one foot in bounds. Henry Melton batted down a Cutler pass intended for wide receiver Eric Weems. Davis had a false start and was replaced by Matt Spaeth.

Left tackle Chris Williams had most of the first-team reps after J'Marcus Webb played with the first team on Thursday. First-round pick Shea McClellin, who spent the offseason working on defense, played on the kick return team, as did rookie tight end Evan Rodriguez, who looks like he can be a factor on offense if he can get open.

Defensive tackle Brian Price, acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was taking his physical and did not practice. If he is cleared to play, he will have to practice three days without pads before practicing with pads. That means the earliest he could join the full practices is next Wednesday.

Despite the anticipation and excitement over the start of training camp, the first two days of non-padded practices reveal little. Everybody -- especially the coaches and players -- is looking forward to Saturday night's first practice in pads. It begins at 7 p.m. at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais.

That he managed to return was a good sign. But it remains to be seen how it responds overnight.

''It was bothering me, but at the same time I wanted to see where it was at,'' Hester said. ''You can have a nagging injury, but it won't affect the way you're playing once the ball is snapped. I wanted to see how it felt once the ball is snapped.''

Bears coach Lovie Smith didn't have a problem with Wright's contact on Hester in a non-contact practice. ''We're in pads tomorrow, and there was a little bit of contact today, so we should be good,'' Smith said. ''It's the last day before you go. I'd say most camps around, there will be a little bit of contact right before you get into pads.''

The Bears' second training camp practice without pads was otherwise perfunctory. Jay Cutler was 10-of-12 in the 7-on-7 passing drill, including deep balls to Earl Bennett, tight end Kellen Davis and Hester. He also completed a deep pass to Brandon Marshall, but Marshall only had one foot in bounds. Henry Melton batted down a Cutler pass intended for wide receiver Eric Weems. Davis had a false start and was replaced by Matt Spaeth.

Left tackle Chris Williams had most of the first-team reps after J'Marcus Webb played with the first team on Thursday. First-round pick Shea McClellin, who spent the offseason working on defense, played on the kick return team, as did rookie tight end Evan Rodriguez, who looks like he can be a factor on offense if he can get open.

Defensive tackle Brian Price, acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was taking his physical and did not practice. If he is cleared to play, he will have to practice three days without pads before practicing with pads. That means the earliest he could join the full practices is next Wednesday.

Despite the anticipation and excitement over the start of training camp, the first two days of non-padded practices reveal little. Everybody -- especially the coaches and players -- is looking forward to Saturday night's first practice in pads. It begins at 7 p.m. at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais.

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