Earl Bennett might not play vs. Packers because of family matter
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter December 26, 2013 9:36PM
Updated: January 28, 2014 6:35AM
The Bears might be without No. 3 receiver Earl Bennett, whose productivity has increased during the last few weeks, on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Coach Marc Trestman said Bennett is in Texas for a family issue and was excused from practice Wednesday and Thursday. Bennett missed practice last Friday, too, but he played Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bennett’s most recent post on Twitter said: ‘‘Everyone please pray for my brother please.’’
‘‘It is day-to-day, and we are leaving it up to [Bennett] on how he wants to handle it,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘It’s a very personal issue, and I’ll leave it at that.’’
Bennett has 18 catches for 128 yards with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the Bears’ last five games.
Lacy should play
Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy hasn’t practiced the last two days because of an injury to his right ankle, but coach Mike McCarthy said he expects him to play Sunday.
McCarthy described Lacy as in ‘‘a good place’’ and said he should do some limited work Friday.
Lacy had his best game against the Bears on Nov. 4, running for 150 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
Cobb could play
There’s also a chance the Packers might get receiver Randall Cobb, who has been out since Oct. 13 with a broken leg, back against the Bears.
Cobb, a dynamic kick-return threat who caught 29 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns before getting hurt, practiced again Thursday. He must be activated from injured reserve to play.
‘‘He’s another threat on special teams and a weapon on offense,’’ cornerback Tim Jennings said.
Change of venue
The Bears began practice outside Thursday but moved inside after having problems with their footing in the snow.
‘‘The field got very soft and muddy,’’ Trestman said. ‘‘Our guys were sliding around. It became a safety issue.’’