Devin Hester's status for Sunday's game against the Raiders remains uncertain. Hester was held out of practice for the second day in a row with an injury to his shin sustained last Sunday against San Diego.
"It's still real sore, it tends to hurt when I push off," Hester said. "I hope it won't prevent me from playing on Sunday. I want to support my teammates any way that I can, hopefully out on the field. I'm getting a lot of rest and hopefully will be ready for the game."
Oakland's pass defense ranks 20th in the league yet has been very opportunistic as of late. With Caleb Hanie under center, Chicago's passing attack will have it's hands full this weekend.
WR Devin HEster
"Their defense is big and its fast," said Hester. "The more weapons we can get out there the better. Even with that, it could be a hard game. We want to be able to open up some lanes for our receivers. That's something we've been working on this week."
With both Jay Cutler and Patrick Mannelly out with injuries, the offense will need to keep healthy as many veteran bodies as possible going forward.
"It's a difficult situation but we have full confidence in the guys stepping up," Hester said. "Caleb is an excellent quarterback who knows exactly what he is doing out there, and our new long snapper should be fine. He's has been in this league for a long time. Matt Forte has been making a real impact. This gives us a good balance between running and passing options and should confuse their defense."
The Bears stand at 7-4 and are in the thick of the playoff hunt. Detroit's loss yesterday give Chicago an opportunity to take over the fifth spot in the NFC, making Sunday's contest a crucial one.
"That's why I want to be in there, that's for sure," said Hester. "But if the doctors decide it's better to give this thing one more week to heal that is what I'll have to do. I won't be happy about it but I will follow orders. I really don't know much today. I'm doing the best that I can as far as trying to heal in time for Oakland."
Hester is officially listed as probable and coach Lovie Smith said he expects him to play.
Beth Gorr has been covering the Bears for the last 12 years and is the author of Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry. She is currently working on a second book about early Bears history.