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Bennett caught 4-of-6 targets for 36 yards in Monday's 31-15 loss to the Saints.
The six targets were second on the team to Alshon Jeffery's nine, but it was still a disappointing total for Bennett in the first game since Brandon Marshall suffered a season-ending injury. While volume probably won't be an issue for the tight end over the final two weeks, Chicago's offense was a complete disaster in Monday's favorable matchup. Next week brings a much tougher matchup with the Lions, though Bennett did manage eight catches for 109 yards on Thanksgiving.
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Bennett is not listed on the Bears' injury report for Monday night's game against the Saints.
Bennett appeared to injure his leg/knee in the second half of last Thursday's game against the Cowboys, but he is apparently feeling no ill effects heading into Week 15. The Saints have had all kinds of trouble stopping opposing passing attacks this year, so feel free to roll with Bennett on Monday night.
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Bennett (foot) caught 12-of-15 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 41-28 loss to the Cowboys.
Jay Cutler attempted 46 passes, and with Brandon Marshall (ribs) forced out of the game, the veteran signal-caller often had to settle for dump-offs to Bennett or Matt Forte. Bennett did have a few double-digit gains, but nothing beyond 16 yards. Bennett appeared to injure his leg/knee during the second half, and while he returned to catch more passes, he was seen limping on multiple occasions. Bennett will have 10 full days to rest, heading into a Monday Night Football matchup with the porous New Orleans defense.
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Bennett (foot) is active for Thursday's game against the Cowboys, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Coming off his second 100-yard receiving day of the season, Bennett will take on his normal role as the Bears' starting TE. However, the going may be tough against a Dallas defense that has surrendered 13 total receptions for 128 yards and two touchdown catches in the past four contests to tight ends.
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Bennett (foot) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Cowboys, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bennett kicked off the week with a limited showing in drills, but with back-to-back full practices in his back pocket, there's little worry regarding his availability Thursday. Meanwhile, his opponent, the Cowboys, haven't yielded much to tight ends in the last four outings, allowing a combined 13 catches for 128 yards and two touchdown grabs.
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Bennett (foot) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice.
Bennett increased his participation after getting in a limited workout Monday, so he is well on his way to suiting up for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.
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Bennett (foot) was limited at practice Monday, the Bears' official site reports.
We'll revisit Bennett's status Tuesday, but at this stage, we'd be surprised if he wasn't available for Thursday's game against Dallas.
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Bennett hauled in eight of 11 passes for a team-high 109 yards during Thursday's defeat in Detroit.
Although Bennett has failed to reach the end zone in eight of the last nine contests, he matched a season high in targets, while reaching the century mark in receiving yards for the second time this season. Keep in mind, though, that much of his production occurred in garbage time, as he recorded five catches for 74 yards in the fourth quarter. Such output, non-PPR, surpasses Bennett's output from nine of 12 complete games this season, but with 7.8 targets per game on the ledger, he remains a must start from week-to-week.
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Bennett had four catches on a team-high seven targets for 37 yards Sunday against the Buccaneers.
Not only did Bennett get the most passes thrown his way, but his 37 yards actually led the team, as quarterback Jay Cutler managed to throw for only 130 yards on the day. Bennett continues to get a decent number of targets, but he's scored only one touchdown since Week 3, while breaking the 60-yard mark just once since Week 4. Week 13 isn't a great option for a breakout, as the Bears will take on a Lions defense ranked in the top-5 against the run and the pass this season.
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Bennett (ribs) had four catches on four targets for 29 yards Sunday against the Vikings.
After scoring four touchdowns in the first three games of the season, and then going for 134 yards in Week 4, Bennett has broken the 60-yard mark just once in the last six weeks, while scoring one touchdown over that span. The touchdown passes are now going to wideouts Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, who have combined for four in the last two weeks. A Week 12 matchup against the Bucs could be the recipe to get Bennett back in the end zone, as Tampa Bay is allowing the fourth-most passing yards per game, while allowing more passing touchdowns than all but two teams this season.