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Chicago Bears

Hester not surprised teams kick to him

LAKE FOREST – There's at least one person who doesn't think kicking to Devin Hester is a bad idea – him.

The Chicago Bears' superstar return specialist says he's not surprised when teams kick to him even though he continues to rewrite the record book.

He says the odds still don't favor him, and changing a game plan for one player is "too much" for a special teams unit no matter how dominant he is.

The league's all-time leader in combined special teams return touchdowns (17; 12 on punts, 5 on kickoffs) was particularly dangerous last week as the Bears pounded Detroit. He returned a punt 82 yards for a TD despite strep throat, swollen tonsils, high fever and a sprained ankle.

San Diego coach Norv Turner said he plans to proceed with caution Sunday.

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