Earl Bennett tests injured hamstring

Updated: August 28, 2010, 5:46 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett hit the field Saturday four hours before kickoff to test out his injured hamstring.

Accompanied by a member of the Bears training staff, Bennett ran routes designed to gauge his ability to quickly start and stop. The receiver appeared to be moving well after the short session, which lasted about 10-15 minutes.

Before the Saturday workout, Bennett spent much of the week lightly running on a side field during practice, and gingerly ran a few pass patterns on Thursday.

Bennett has yet to play in a preseason game after catching 54 passes for 717 yards in 2009. He's currently listed as a third-team receiver on the Bears' depth chart, along with another former third-round pick Juaquin Iglesias. Most consider Iglesias squarely on the bubble after failing to contribute during his rookie year, while also failing to impress this summer at camp.

Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie, recovering from a right shoulder sprain, was also on the field, throwing passes before Saturday's game.

Hanie will not play Saturday and is unlikely to play against the Browns in the Bears' final preseason game on Sept. 2., but he is expected to be available when they open up the regular season against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 12.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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