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Earl Bennett, Tim Jennings return to practice

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There's a chance the Bears will have two key players back in their lineup come Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals after being without them for weeks.

Cornerback Tim Jennings (dislocated shoulder) and receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) both returned to practice for the first time since suffering their injuries Dec. 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. Both were limited.

Henry Melton (chest), Shea McClellin (knee) and Geno Hayes (knee) also returned to practice on a limited basis after sitting out last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

"We didn't do a lot [during practice]," Lovie Smith said Wednesday. "[But] we are able to run around a little bit. So it was kind of encouraging."

Right tackle Jonathan Scott and linebacker Brian Urlacher were held out with hamstring injuries. Scott hurt his right hamstring chasing down the Packers' Casey Hayward during his interception return on Sunday.

But Scott's injury is not believed to be as serious as what Urlacher is going through. Urlacher hasn't practiced since getting hurt Dec. 2 against the Seahawks.

"[Urlacher is] getting better," Smith said. "You know with hamstrings is just hard to say when you will get back. I just know he's here, and some of the things he's doing is better than what it was before.

"But it's pretty hard to come back from a hamstring injury in a week or so. That's why we just have to keep -- well no, not keep -- we have to play good football, this week against Arizona, and just bide time for him to get back."

Quarterback Jay Cutler was not listed on the injury report with any ailment. He played through neck and knee injuries against the Packers.

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Getting Tim Jennings back will help, not that it matters now. Getting Earl Bennett and his 1-2 catches a game will be ok....I guess? Oh well, GO BEARS!!

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