Biggs: Bears hopeful Hester, Knox not seriously hurt

The Bears lost half of their receiving corps to injuries when Devin Hester and Johnny Knox were knocked out of the 48-24 victory over Detroit at Soldier Field.

The good news is neither one is believed to be serious, and the club is entering a bye week giving them playmakers some time to heal up before an Oct. 18 game at Atlanta.

Hester left the game early in the second quarter after being tackled in a two-yard reception near the goalline by Lions defensive backs Louis Delmas and William James. The club reported that he had a shoulder injury, but Hester was spotted leaving the stadium wearing a neck brace.

Knox was lost in the third quarter with what was termed a shin injury by coach Lovie Smith. He said afterward it wasn’t serious, that he had just been tackled. Hester and Knox each have two touchdown catches, and they’ve been a big part of the development of the passing game with new quarterback Jay Cutler. They’ve proven to be reliable vertical threats for an offense that entered the season with nothing but questions at the position.

“Fortunately, with our tight ends (Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark) we can get away with (losing two receivers in a game),’’ offensive coordinator Ron Turner said. “I think they’re going to be fine, it sounds like.’’

The bigger concern for the club might be the status of running back Adrian Peterson, a core special teams player who left following the opening kickoff with a sprained right knee. He is scheduled to have an MRI Monday.

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