Bears' Earl Bennett (ankle) questionable

Updated: December 31, 2010, 3:39 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Wide receiver Earl Bennett practiced on Friday for the first time this week as the Bears finished up preparations for Sunday's game at Green Bay.

"I gave it a go; felt good," Bennett said. "I look forward to this weekend. It's very important [to play]. Like Rashied [Davis] said,'You play to win the game.' That's what we want to go in and do."

Bears coach Lovie Smith, who has been optimistic about the receiver's prospects for playing against the Packers, said Bennett would be listed as questionable on the injury report.

"Earl Bennett is getting better," Smith said. "But we're gonna list him as questionable. Besides that, we're in pretty good shape."

Bennett sprained his ankle during a three-catch game on Dec. 20 against the Minnesota Vikings, but he returned last Sunday against the Jets to catch one pass.

A third-year veteran, Bennett has caught 46 passes for 561 yards and three touchdowns.

Bears center Olin Kreutz (not injury related) and linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) missed practice earlier in the week, but returned Thursday and participated fully.

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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