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Lovie Smith Says Chicago Bears Won’t Sign Free Agent Receiver

December 4th, 2012 at 12:46 PM
By PJ Foti

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The Chicago Bears can't stay healthy at the wide receiver position. Brandon Marshall has remained healthy and on the field *knock on wood* but options two through four have each missed at least one game.

Despite multiple receivers going down for various reasons, Bears head coach Lovie Smith insists that the team will continue to roll with the wideouts it currently has.

"We're going to go with the guys we have right now," Smith said. "We're going to get some guys back this week and we'll be fine."

He is referring to Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery, who are both expected to return to action this week. Jeffery left the San Francisco game with a knee injury a few weeks ago, and went through practice on a limited basis last week. Hester, was forced to exit the Bears game against the Minnesota Vikings early with a concussion. He didn't practice last week but said he's feeling better and should be ready to go this week against the Vikings for their second meeting of the season.

Earl Bennett caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler in Chicago's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but suffered a concussion on a hit when he entered the end zone. He was forced to leave the game and isn't expected to play Sunday. The injuries forced Eric Weems and Dane Sanzenbacher to receive increased rolls in the offense, prompting Marshall to suggest adding more depth to the position for the stretch run.

"It's tough," Marshall said. "There are guys that are hungry. You have Joe (Anderson), a guy on our practice squad, works really hard and he's really hungry right now. (I) Can't wait to see him. You have guys that aren't here. Free agents that are hungry. Guys like Mike Sims-Walker, my best friend, my brother. So maybe he gets a shot. There are guys that are hungry. It doesn't matter if it's Mike Sims-Walker that's on the street right now that's hungry or Joe Anderson who's hungry right now. We definitely will make the right decisions and move forward."

Smith squashed that potential rumor, saying the team isn't inclined to sign a veteran, however. As long as Marshall is out there, Chicago's passing offense will be OK as he receives almost 40 percent of all passes thrown anyway.

Tags: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Dane Sanzenbacher, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Eric Weems, Football, Jay Cutler, Joe Anderson, Lovie Smith, Mike Sims-Walker, NFL

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