Earl Bennett, Olin Kreutz held out
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears started Day 1 of preparation for the season finale at Green Bay without receiver Earl Bennett, center Olin Kreutz and linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who were held out of practice.
An ankle injury continues to hamper Bennett, whose production has dipped since a three-catch outing against Minnesota on Dec. 20 in which he originally sprained the ankle. Bennett caught only one pass in the team's win Sunday over the New York Jets.
According to the official injury report, Kreutz missing practice was not injury related. A 13-year veteran, Kreutz missed practice time in November because of a hamstring injury, but the six-time Pro Bowler has played in 133 consecutive regular-season games (190 total). Kreutz hasn't missed a game since the 2002 season when he underwent surgery for appendix removal, and ranks third among active centers for consecutive starts.
Tinoisamoa, who underwent a right knee scope on Dec. 3, was active on Sunday against the New York Jets for the first time since Nov. 28.
"Olin should be good to go [Thursday]," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Pisa's a whole lot better. Probably more my decision than theirs to [keep them out of practice]. Of course Earl has had a little bit of trouble with his ankle, but hopefully he'll be good to go [if not Thursday], by the end of the week. But we're in pretty good shape."
Other than Kreutz, Bennett and Tinoisamoa, the Bears appeared to be at full capacity for Wednesday's workout.
Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.