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Jennings out; Jeffery, Hester ready to go for Vikings

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Alshon Jeffery, Dec. 7.jpgCornerback Tim Jennings officially was ruled out of Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, but wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (knee) and Devin Hester (concussion) are expected to play against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome.

Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) and wide receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) previously were ruled out for Sunday's game. That leaves the Bears without four starters Sunday. Guard Lance Louis (knee) suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Vikings two weeks ago.

Kelvin Hayden will replace Jennings at cornerback. Nick Roach moves from the strong side to the middle to replace Urlacher. Reserve linebacker Geno Hayes will play the strong side for Roach.

Running back Michael Bush (ribs), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (foot) and guard Chris Spencer (knee) all practiced on a limited basis and are expected to play Sunday.

For the Vikings, wide receiver Percy Harvin (ankle) is out. The only other players on their injury report, including defensive end Jared Allen (shoulder/back) are probable.

Despite being without four starters, coach Lovie Smith was upbeat about his team's health going into the final four weeks of the regular season.

''We have a few injuries, but for the most part we have our team ready to go,'' he said. ''The guys are excited. You can't ask for anything more.''

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If ever there was a game to loose one of your starting corners this would be that game. The Vikings top receiver (Percy Harvin) is out, that alone evens things up, and Minnesota's current starting receivers Jerome Simpson (14 catches 0 tds) and Jarius Wright (11 catches) aren't exactly game breakers. Charles Tillman and Kelvin Hayden should match up well for Chicago.

If the Vikings have an advantage through the air its gonna be with tight end Kyle Rudolph and his 45 catches and an impressive 8 tds. New starting strong side linebacker Geno Hayes will have his hands full.

Stopping Adrian Peterson will of course be key, and without all-pro middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is gonna be a tall order. Gap control will be key, this is where new starting middle linebacker Nick Roach will have to be on top of his game and where Brian Urlacher will be missed the most.

I like that rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is back, hopefully he can last longer than 3 qts? Should be interesting GO BEARS!!

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