*FRIDAY UPDATE* The electrifying, one-of-a-kind Devin Hester participated in practice for the Bears this afternoon, joining the team as they prepare for Sunday’s prime time showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. The human highlight reel (sorry Dominque) is still being bothered by a nagging rib injury, and there is no word yet if he’ll be able suit up for the battle at Soldier. Hester hurt his ribs two weeks ago in the Bears debacle against the Panthers. They enter Sunday with a 1-2 record after coughing up two consecutive double-digit leads. Hester had this to say: “I’m pushing for it,” “I’m still sore. I’m going to get some more treatment. I’m hoping I’ll be ready.” Sounds like more of the same from last week, a remix – expect a game-time decision to be made for #23. ‘We really don’t know,” coach Lovie Smith said. ”When you’re dealing with an injury like that, you just don’t know. I just know it’s a step in the right direction when he’s practicing on a limited basis.”
Injury News Part II: Nathan Vasher (shoulder) and Alex Brown (left ankle) suited up Thursday after missing Wednesday’s session. Tommie Harris (knee) was held out for a second day in a row (Coach Smith – report had him as practicing) and Lance Briggs was all full-go after being limited. Also, #1 go-to-guy Brandon Lloyd (hip – strained muscle) was held out and Marty Booker returned, a day after being excused for personal reasons. As for Philly, Donovan McNabb (chest), Brian Westbrook (ankle), Shawn Andrews (back) and L.J. Smith (back) were all held out for the second consecutive day.
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