Earl Bennett Injury: Updates on Bears WR's Concussion

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 2, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 25:  Earl Bennett #80 of the Chicago Bears runs for a first down after a catch against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 25, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 28-10.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears WR Earl Bennett suffered a concussion and left the game in the team's key Week 13 showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Bears' official Twitter account confirmed the injury:

Earl Bennett has left the game with a concussion. #Bears #SEAvsCHI

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 2, 2012

UPDATE: Tuesday, December 18 at 9:49 a.m. ET

Great news for the struggling Chicago Bears as Earl Bennett (concussion) is expected to return to action in Week 16, according to Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen.

Barring an unforeseen setback this week, Earl Bennett is expected to play against the Cardinals, according to a league source.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 11:52 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke 

Earl Bennett is inactive for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers according to the Chicago Bears' official Twitter account:

Today's #Bears inactives: LB Brian Urlacher (hamstring), CB Tim Jennings (shoulder), DT Henry Melton (chest), WR Earl Bennett (concussion)..

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 16, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 12:05 p.m. ET

Earl Bennett is not playing in today's game against the Minnesota Vikings, according to the NFL's official inactive list.

Remove him from your fantasy lineup if you have him starting, and keep it tuned here for more updates on when to expect the concussed WR back in action.


UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5 at 11:05 a.m. ET

Earl Bennett is currently doubtful for Sunday's game against Minnesota after suffering a concussion in Week 13 against the Seahawks, according to Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen.

Bears receiver Earl Bennett, who scored a first quarter touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks, is likely to miss Sunday's game in Minneapolis, a league source said.

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FOX Sports reporter Jaime Maggio then reported that Bennett did not return to action:

#Bears receiver Earl Bennet will not return. Out with concussion.

— Jaime Maggio (@jaimemaggio) December 2, 2012

College teammate Jay Cutler has been throwing to No. 1 target Brandon Marshall for much of Sunday afternoon in Soldier Field, targeting him 12 times. Bennett registered just one catch for 12 yards before leaving the game, but it resulted in the Bears' only touchdown of the day in the first quarter.

As great as the Cutler-to-Marshall combination has been, the Chicago receiving corps has suffered through a rash of injuries, not to mention Cutler's own concussion scare just weeks ago.

Dynamic rookie Alshon Jeffery has missed significant action this season, and speedy wideout Johnny Knox hasn't seen the field at all in 2012. With the increased emphasis on player safety, the Bears certainly hope they don't lose another wideout for an extended period of time.

The long history between Bennett and Cutler is definitely beneficial, and defenses will eventually key in on Marshall. Without a viable No. 2 option, the Bears' passing game could struggle moving forward if Bennett is out for several weeks.

Check back here for more as the severity of Bennett's injury becomes clearer.