The Chicago Bears have been dealing with a rash of injuries lately, which has prompted them to focus on some ‘emergency scenarios’. Those scenarios include All-Pro return man Devin Hester taking practice reps at defensive back, this according to the Chicago Tribune.
Hester formerly spent a few seasons attempting to play wide receiver, but it was an idea the Bears eventually scraped though the former Miami talent does have college and NFL experience at defensive back:
Hester performed position drills Wednesday and Friday with the defensive backs during the portion of practice open to media. They were the first times he did so this season.
The Bears drafted Hester as a cornerback and kick returner in the second round in 2006, but he played only one season as a reserve cornerback before converting to wide receiver.
Of course, for Hester to see the field as a defensive back it would take a pretty significant amount of injuries, but the Bears just want to prepare in the extremely rare case he’s needed.