The Bears remain hopeful that five players who sat out last weekend’s loss to the Packers at Soldier Field will be able to play Sunday against the Cardinals in Arizona.
Receiver Earl Bennett (concussion), linebacker Geno Hayes (knee), cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder), defensive end Shea McClellin (knee) and defensive tackle Henry Melton (chest) all practiced on a limited basis Thursday for the second straight day.
“All the guys are making progress that have been held out,” said coach Lovie Smith. “All the guys looked pretty good in practice today.”
Receiver Brandon Marshall (hamstring) and linebacker Blake Costanzo (calf) also were limited. “Hopefully they’re not that serious and they’ll be able to go,” Smith said.
For the second straight day, middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and right tackle Jonathan Scott did not practice due to hamstring injuries.
Watching from the sideline as the Bears lost to the Packers last week wasn’t easy for Melton.
“Oh man, it was rough,” he said. “I saw my guys battling out there. I wanted to be out there to make a big play for them. But when you get hurt you’ve got to get your treatment and be kind of a little cheerleader on the sideline for them.”
Melton was injured two weeks ago against the Vikings when he tripped and landed on his shoulder.
“I’m way more athletic than that play,” Melton said. “I call it being sloppy. I was running sideways and kind of stumbled over a bunch of guys’ feet and just fell straight on my shoulder.”
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