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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.

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Bennett (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago reports.

With a full practice under his belt to conclude the week, Bennett's rib injury is effectively a non-issue. He'll aim to strike gold against a Vikings defense that has allowed just a pair of touchdowns to tight ends this season.

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Bennett (ribs) is probable for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

Bennett's rib concerns are minimal at this point, as he played all but two of Chicago's snaps against Green Bay despite heading into the night as a game-time decision. As the third target in the Chicago downfield passing game, Bennett is safely established as a TE1 option in most formats.

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Bennett (ribs) was a limited participant in practice Thursday.

This week, Bennett is logging a photographic negative of the previous one, as his practice reps are currently increasing by the day. Along with Brandon Marshall (ankle), who was also limited Thursday, the duo's statuses for Sunday's game against the Vikings should be clarified by the end of the week.

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Bennett (ribs) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, the Bears' official site reports.

Last week, Bennett's activity level in drills waned as the week went on, resulting in a DNP by Friday. He managed to take the field Sunday in Green Bay, but despite seeing six targets, he hauled in just two for 45 yards. Beginning the week of preparation on the sideline is somewhat discouraging, but two practices remain for the tight end to make his presence felt.

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Bennett (ribs) caught two passes for 45 yards in Sunday night's 55-14 loss to the Packers.

Bennett entered the game listed as questionable, but was able to suit up, and was targeted six times in the process, while backup Dante Rosario saw just one pass go in his direction. With no reported setbacks, we'd expect Bennett to be fine for Week 11's contest against the Vikings, though it's possible that the tight end's practice participation could be somewhat limited this coming week.

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Bennett (ribs) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Packers, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bennett will give a go Sunday, a good break for those who rolled the dice on him despite the Bears' late kickoff. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Blake Annen (who had been activated from the practice squad) is inactive Sunday, meaning that Bennett and Dante Rosario will serve as the team's tight ends this week.

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Bennett (ribs) remains a game-time decision for Sunday night's matchup with the Packers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

As we noted Saturday, the Bears did call up fellow tight end Blake Annen from the practice squad, but that is not necessarily an indication that Bennett will not play. This will truly be a game-time call, so if you don't have an alternate option playing either Sunday night or Monday night, it's probably too risky to roll with Bennett.

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The Bears added tight end Blake Annen to the roster on Saturday as a second backup to Bennett (ribs), with Dante Rosario serving as the primary backup.

The addition of Annen doesn't necessarily mean the Bears don't expect Bennett to play Sunday night, but it would be borderline irresponsible of the Bears to travel to Green Bay without some emergency depth at the position. For now, Annen should mostly be considered emergency depth, though his addition to the roster is equally an acknowledgement that Bennett's status is definitely up in the air heading into Sunday. Hopefully there will be some insight on Bennett's condition prior to the first kickoffs Sunday, but if not, his owners can provide themselves some insurance by keeping Rosario on speed dial if they choose to take the plunge with Bennett into Sunday night.