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Martellus Bennett misses practice with sore ankle

Updated: December 16, 2013 6:36AM



Josh McCown needs all the weapons he can get as Jay Cutler’s replacement, so tight end Martellus Bennett’s sore ankle was particularly notable Thursday.

Bennett didn’t practice because of the injury he apparently suffered Sunday against the Lions. If he can’t play Sunday against the Ravens, it would limit McCown’s options in the passing game. Dante Rosario, who doesn’t have a reception this season, is
Bennett’s backup.

‘‘There’s always the possibility [he might not play],’’ Bennett said. ‘‘I don’t know. I’m just going to see how I feel the next couple of days.’’

Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer didn’t sound worried, though.

‘‘Oh, Martellus will be fine,’’ Kromer said. ‘‘And we have a lot of weapons. Obviously, we’ll have to adjust some things, but we feel like Martellus will be ready.’’

McClellin cautious

Defensive end Shea McClellin (hamstring) didn’t practice, either, but he said he plans to test his sore hamstring and might play Sunday. He is being careful not to aggravate the injury.

Long snapper Pat Mannelly (calf) and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (groin) also didn’t practice. Offensive tackle Jordan Mills (quadriceps) was limited.

For the Ravens, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee), cornerback Lardarius Webb (groin), linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) and defensive end Chris Canty (knee) didn’t practice.

Jeffery stymied

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery ran for 72 yards on his first four end-around plays, including gains of 38, 27 and 15 yards. But in the last three games, Jeffery has rushed for 22 yards on five carries.

‘‘I don’t know that they’ve lost their element of surprise,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But it has a residual effect. It can wear a team out. It can take a defensive line away from focusing on the passing spot. It forces a defense to defend everybody. [So] it can work just by getting back to the line of scrimmage.’’

Did you know?

The Bears (5-4) are one of six teams that has yet to lose by more than a touchdown. The others five are a combined 40-6, with the five best records in the NFL: the Chiefs (9-0), Seahawks (9-1), Broncos (8-1), Saints (7-2) and Patriots (7-2).

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