Hester had sore ribs following last Sunday night's 39-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Hester caught five passes for 91 yards and a 48-yard touchdown and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, earning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time of the season and 11th time in his career.
Hester's ribs prevented from practicing on Wednesday, but he fully participated in Thursday's practice in Chicago and Friday's practice in London, so the dynamic return specialist appears on target to play on Sunday against the Buccaneers. Whether or not he'll get to make an impact in the return game is another story, as Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris has every intention of avoiding Hester on kicks and punts.
"Hopefully, we can directional kick and do some different things," Morris said via the St. Petersburg Times, "but if we have to kick to him, like last week, we played Sproles who is a dynamic kick returner and we were able to keep the ball away from him and limit his touches, that's what we'll have to do.''
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