Central members of the Bears’ defense finished this short week listed as “questionable” but Lance Briggs (hip/foot) and Charles Tillman (knee) are expected to be in uniform Thursday night when the New York Giants materialize in Soldier Field.
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea did not practice even in the Bears’ limited walk-through on Wednesday and his status, after missing practice and the game last week will be a game-day decision for coach Marc Trestman and team medical staff.
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Tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) was limited in practice but chance of him missing a chance to play against the team he was a member of last season are regarded as nil.
Bennett wasn’t expecting his old team to be 0-5 “but you know it’s hard for ... I think they’re a good team,” Bennett said. “I think their win is coming, we just hope it’s not this week.”
The Giants are in a somewhat larger world of hurt. Center David Baas, defensive backs Jayron Hosley, Cooper Taylor and Corey Webster, tight end Adrien Robinson and running back David Wilson are all listed as out.
Defensive end Demontre Moore (hamstring) is doubtful and defensive tackle Linval Joseph (ankle) is questionable as is tight end Brandon Myers (ankle).