Devin Hester Injury: Updates on Bears Star's Concussion

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears looks towards the ball while playing the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panthers 23-22. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
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Already lacking depth at the wide receiver position, the Chicago Bears will now be without Devin Hester, who suffered a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday's game against Minnesota, according to the Bears' official Twitter account.


UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 11:51 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke 

Devin Hester will be available for the Chicago Bears in their game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He was left off the team's inactive list according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs via Twitter:

#Bears inactives Josh McCown, Dane Sanzenbacher, Tim Jennings, Brian Urlacher, Chris Spencer, Earl Bennett, Stephen Paea

— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) December 9, 2012


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UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 11:50 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago has released the Bears' Week 13 inactive report, and--as expected--includes Devin Hester's name. 

Bears inactives are J McCown, A Jeffery, D Hester, D Moore, C Spencer, M Toeaina, C Ozougwu

— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) December 2, 2012

The speedy returner and wide receiver suffered a concussion in Week 12 and has not yet been cleared to return to action.

Fantasy owners must remove Hester from their lineup immediately. We wish Hester the best in his recovery and hope to see him back on the field sooner than later. 


UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:25 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney:

According to the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure, Hester will miss this weekend's game against the Seattle Seahawks:

Hester officially ruled out for Sunday

— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) November 29, 2012

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Hester has had a spotty run as a wide receiver in the NFL. The Bears converted him to the position in his second season to take advantage of his speed and play-making ability with the ball in his hands. 

Unfortunately, the experiment has never really panned out. Hester has seen his receptions go from a career-best 57 in 2009 all the way down to 26 last season. He has just two touchdown catches since the start of the 2011 season. 

Hester's value is tied up into his ability as a special teams player, where he has returned 17 kickoffs and punts for touchdowns in his career. Surprisingly, he doesn't have any special teams touchdowns this season. 

We will keep you updated on the status of Hester's concussion when more information becomes available.