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Brian Urlacher out; Jennings, Melton, Bennett could play

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Earl Bennett 122112.jpgThe Bears have been beat up most of the second half, but they could be as close to full strength as they've been in a while Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring) will miss his third consecutive game. But most of the other active players who have been injured recently practiced in some form on Friday and could play Sunday.

Cornerback Tim Jennings, defensive tackle Henry Melton and wide receiver Earl Bennett head that list. Right tackle Jonathan Scott, who did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of a hamstring injury, practiced Friday and is expected to start.

Officially, Melton is listed as doubtful with his collarbone injury, but earlier this week he indicated it's a type of injury that he could play through if needed.

Jennings (dislocated shoulder) and Bennett (concussion) are questionable, but coach Lovie Smith indicated after practice Friday that both should be able to play against the Arizona Cardinals.

Linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) is probable after missing last week, which would be fortunate because Blake Costanzo, who replaced Hayes in the lineup last week against the Packers, did not practice Friday because of a calf injury and could miss the game. Costanzo is listed as questionable on the Bears' injury report.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall (tight hamstring) and defensive end Shea McClellin (knee) fully participated in practice on Friday. Both are probable for Sunday.

''Besides [Urlacher and Costanzo], everybody else was able to do something,'' Smith said after the Bears practiced at the Walter Payton Center. ''We're getting a few guys back -- Earl Bennett, Tim Jennings, guys like that, which should help an awful lot. We know what's at stake this week. Can't wait to get out there and play.''

The Bears (8-6) play the Cardinals (5-9) at 3:25 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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OK, so the world didn't come to an end today, and surprise surprise to me, the Bears actually still have a shot to make the playoffs. Da Bears are getting healthy and have two easy games left, although they are road test, and games the Bears could win or loose? Its pretty simple for Lovie and co, win your next 2 along with 1 Viking and 1 Giant loss. The Vikings travel to Houston sunday to play a Texans team that could clinch home field advantage with a win, the Giants travel to play the Ravens. I hate it when you have to root for other teams, but loss after loss and thats what happens.

Getting 3-tech Henry Melton and defensive end Shea McCellin back will help the front 4 and add depth. Getting Tim Jennings back will do the same for the secondary.

I'll also be rooting for my boy Matt Forte to get his 1000 yards, he needs around 97 more yards, its gonna be cool to see Brandon Marshall hit the most yards in a season mark by a receiver, one catch and he should surpass the legendary Marcus Robinson's mark of 1,400. Should be interesting GO BEARS!!

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