Bears appear healthy for playoffs

Updated: January 5, 2011, 2:18 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach (shoulder), wide receiver Earl Bennett (ankle) and safety Major Wright (lower leg) were among those who sat out of practice on Wednesday.

Roach suffered a dislocated shoulder on the first play of the game on Sunday against the Packers, but the Bears are optimistic he will be able to play for the team's first playoff game Jan. 16 at Soldier Field.

Bennett has been bothered by a bad ankle for the past few weeks and was inactive against Green Bay. The receiver, however, is expected to return for the postseason.

"I think [sitting out in Green Bay] is going to help me out a lot," Bennett said. "It will help me get well and get ready to play full speed against whoever we play. Not worrying about my ankle [is key]. [It'll be nice] to get things going."

Wright was wearing a sleeve on his right leg during practice. His injury isn't believed to be serious, according to Bears coach Lovie Smith.

Fellow safety Chris Harris appeared to be participating after he suffered a stinger against the Packers.

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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