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Injuries force Bears to adjust their practice schedule

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cutlerbench.jpgWith injuries wreaking havoc to their roster, the Bears opted to switch their schedule and not practice as they usually would on a Wednesday.

"We have a lot of guys banged up today, and [we] just felt like we could get more work done [with] meetings," coach Lovie Smith said.

On Wednesday, the Bears listed 11 players on the injury report who would have missed practice if there was one to participate in: Earl Bennett (concussion), Brian Urlacher (hamstring), Tim Jennings (shoulder), Jay Cutler (neck/knee), Lance Briggs (knee/hip), Michael Bush (ribs), Kellen Davis (knee), Henry Melton (chest/shoulder), Shea McCllelin (knee), Geno Hayes (knee) and Jonathan Scott (shoulder).

A day earlier, kicker Robbie Gould (calf strain), safety Craig Steltz (chest) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (knee) were placed on injured reserve.

The Bears did have a walk-through at Halas Hall.

"We're just not going to have a full-fledged practice that we would normally have on a Wednesday," Smith said. "After a Monday night game, we push it back a little bit, let the guys really heal up. Just felt like another day to heal up would benefit us more than trying to go out there and having guys double up on a lot of things."

The good news on the injury report was that starting nose tackle Stephen Paea would have fully participated in practice if there was one after sitting out against the Minnesota Vikings with a foot injury.

Guard Chris Spencer (knee) also would have returned to full participation. Cornerback Charles Tillman has a shoulder injury according to the injury report, but would have been a full participant as well.

Cutler said he'll be fine and ready to go against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. He also called it "a smart decision" to cancel practice on Wednesday.

"A lot of guys are banged up," Cutler said. "You get at this point in the season, you hope guys can be smart enough just to take a mental day and be able to process information and still be prepared on Sunday."

As far as the Packers, defensive back Charles Woodson (broken collarbone) was ruled out for Sunday, despite some speculation that he might return. Linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) was limited in practice. Matthews hasn't played since Nov. 4.

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