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Devin Hester seems on verge of a return TD

Updated: November 6, 2012 6:36AM



Devin Hester is due. He always is.

He caught his first touchdown pass in Monday night’s 34-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. But he’s still looking to break a long kick return.

Hester has been getting closer. His longest punt return is 23 yards. His longest kickoff return is 38 yards. Last year, Hester had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and punt returns of 69 and 82 yards for touchdowns.

‘‘It’s almost there,’’ special-teams coordinator Dave Toub said. ‘‘The kicker tripped him up on the kickoff [against the Cowboys]. When the kicker is making a tackle, you’re almost there.

‘‘On the punt return, he got tripped up. It was a shoestring tackle. When you watch the tape, it’s one blocker here or there or a tripped-up deal. But he’s close.’’

Jennings honored

Cornerback Tim Jennings declared his love for the Bears’ cover-2 scheme on Thursday, and why wouldn’t he?

Jennings is starring in it right now. He was named the NFC defensive player of the month for his league-best four interceptions, one tackle for loss, 18 tackles and six pass breakups, including two that led to interceptions for teammates.

“I always take it as an honor to be named defensive player of the month,” Jennings said.

“We always emphasize takeaways. Nothing changed with the mentality that we have. It’s just we’re making the best of the opportunities now.”

Brian Urlacher called the recognition for Jennings “well-deserved,” and Lance Briggs said Jennings has played “amazing.”

“It’s the type of player that he’s been working toward,” Briggs said. “It’s the type of player that he knows he is, that we all know he is.”

Forte confident

Running back Matt Forte practiced on a limited basis but said he expects to practice Friday and play Sunday against the Jaguars in Jacksonville.

Forte said he tweaked his sprained ankle when another player fell on it on his first carry Monday. He had the ankle retaped and returned to the game. He indicated he can play with the pain.



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