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Hester Ready to Break Out on Offense, Special Teams

Wide Receiver cleared for practice in pads after missing five practices with a groin issue



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    Devin Hester is poised for a record setting season

    Devin Hester is back.

    After missing five practices with a groin issue, the wide receiver returned Tuesday morning and was cleared to practice in pads.

    "I didn't hurt it on any specific plays.  When you're working hard things like that happen," Hester explained.  "Coaches always say if you don't get hurt in training camp then you're not working hard enough.  So I guess I'm working hard!"

    Hester has already predicted 2010 to be a breakout season for him under Mike Martz' offense.  Now he's looking forward to returning to his All-Pro form as a punt returner, too.

    "The past couple years they don't want me returning anything, just want me to fair catch," Hester said of coaches' requests in preseason games.  "I'm going to sneak one or two in.  They understand it.  Sometimes they tell me to fair catch, but if I have an opening I'm going to sneak one in."

    Hester has seven career punt returns for touchdowns, yet the Bears leader in that category has been shutout of the end zone on special teams the last two years.

    Bears Director of Corporate Communications Scott Hagel was the team's representative in a skydiving adventure Tuesday in Bourbonnais.  Hagel jumped with the U.S. Army Golden Knights who are going to also jump on to the practice field Tuesday night before the Bears work out.  Hagel said he wasn't scared at all, yet he chose not to tell his wife what he was doing.  "I better go call her!" He said when returning after lunch.

    *  "I'm a superhero, the Ice Man," tight end Des Clark exclaimed as he arrived at the dining hall with two giant bags of ice on his knees.  "Are you in goal tonight?"  Center Olin Kreutz laughed. 

    Clark is seeing a lot of time on the practice field as the Bears starting H-Back lining up all over the field.