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Earl Bennett reportedly on Chicago Bears' trade block

Sidelined by a concussion for nearly four weeks, Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett began participating on a limited basis at Wednesday's practice.

Coach Marc Trestman's nominal No. 3 receiver was welcomed back to the field with news that he's now on the trade block. The Bears have been discussing Bennett with other teams, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday.

It's hard to believe Bennett will be moved before the start of the season. He just began running again Tuesday and has yet to be cleared for full participation. Bennett also missed time with a concussion last December.

The timing of the report suggests that Bennett's roster spot is in jeopardy, which might not sit well with former Vanderbilt teammate Jay Cutler. Bennett is due to earn $2.25 million this season, though, and the Bears' coaching staff is high on seventh-round draft pick Marquess Wilson.

In circumstances like this one, the team often shops the respected veteran as a due-diligence exercise to find out if there is a fit with another team. It's highly unlikely that will be the case, considering Bennett's salary and health concerns.

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