Bears coach Lovie Smith didn't even offer the perfunctory ''making progress'' when announcing the injured players who did not participate in practice Wednesday. It's the wrong time of year to have a lengthy injury list.
Middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) officially is out for Sunday's game against the Vikings at the Metrodome. Cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder), wide receivers Brandon Marshall (coach's decision) and Earl Bennett (concussion), defensive tackle Stephen Paea (foot) and running back Michael Bush (bruised ribs) also did not practice.
Smith's injury rundown was even more cryptic than usual.
''All we can tell you [about Urlacher] is he's out this week with a hamstring injury,'' Smith said after the Bears practiced indoors at the Walter Payton Center. ''Exactly when he's coming back, I don't know. He's coming back some time.''
As for the rest, ''Earl Bennett with a concussion still,'' Smith said. ''Michael Bush has bruised ribs, whatever you want to call it. He should be good to go, hopefully tomorrow.
''Tim Jennings out, also. Brandon Marshall -- nothing major, doing a lot of running. I had him stay out today. Stephen Paea with the foot injury. Rest of the guys all practiced on a limited basis, at least.''
The players limited in practice were wide receiver Devin Hester (concussion), guard Gabe Carimi (hamstring), wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee) and guard Chris Spencer (knee).
Bennett and Jennings likely will miss the Vikings game. Jeffery and Hester are expected to play.
Jennings ''has a shoulder injury,'' Smith said. ''Late in the [Seahawks] game he took a hit. I don't know exactly how bad it is -- just know it's sore right now and he couldn't go today.''
Among the players who practiced without any limitations were linebackers Lance Briggs and Nick Roach, defensive ends Julius Peppers, Corey Wootton and Israel Idonije, defensive tackle Henry Melton, cornerback Charles Tillman, safeties Major Wright and Chris Conte, offensive tackles J'Marcus Webb and Jonathan Scott, guard Edwin Williams, center Roberto Garza, tight end Kellen Davis and running backs Matt Forte and Evan Rodriguez.