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Bears: Hester chest injury 'shouldn't be serious'

LAKE FOREST – Devin Hester, you are recovering!

Don’t worry. You’re still ridiculous, too.

Hester, who notched his record-setting 16th career kick return touchdown Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, is expected to bounce back quickly from a chest injury that sidelined him late in the game. He did not return after the injury in the second half, and he was not available to speak with reporters after the game.

On Monday, Bears coach Lovie Smith said Hester was doing well.

“Shouldn’t be serious,” said Smith, whose team will return to practice Wednesday at Halas Hall. “We’re going to put it in the bumps and bruises section.”

Hester added 91 receiving yards Sunday, which was the third most in his career.

Da Brits: Smith said he expected a mostly supportive crowd when the Bears travel to London’s Wembley Stadium to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

“I’m told we have a big following overseas,” Smith said. “We normally travel well, so we’re expecting that.

“We feel like we’ll have more of a Bears crowd there than there would have been going down to Tampa. So whatever we get there, we’ll be comfortable with.”

This will mark the second straight season in which the Bears have played a regular-season game outside of the United States. Last season, they traveled to Toronto for a game against the Buffalo Bills.

On top: Bears running back Matt Forte continued his impressive start to the season with 123 yards from scrimmage against the Vikings.

Forte has 908 yards from scrimmage, which leads the NFL. He had 87 rushing yards and 36 receiving yards Sunday to increase his season totals to 527 rushing yards and 381 receiving yards.

Forte has topped 100 yards from scrimmage in five of six games this season.

Bears bits: Tight end Kellen Davis (elbow) also had a “bumps and bruises” type of injury, Smith said … The Bears-Vikings game drew higher ratings than any other program in its time slot, including the NL Championship Series, NBC said Monday.


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