Earl Bennett excused for personal reasons

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears excused receiver Earl Bennett from Thursday’s workout at Halas Hall to deal what the team describes as a personal issue.

Bennett was also excused from a practice last week to deal the same matter.

“The best I can do in respect to Earl, he’s got a family issue back home,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “It’s day-to-day, and we’re leaving it up to him how he wants to handle it. It’s a very personal issue. So I’ll leave it at that.”

Chicago started its session on Thursday outside before heavy snowfall forced the team to move inside the Walter Payton Center. Bennett and linebacker Lance Briggs (Briggs) were the only Bears listed on the injury report. Briggs participated fully in practice.

For the Green Bay Packers, linebacker Clay Matthews has been ruled out (thumb), while linebacker Brad Jones (ankle), running back Eddie Lacy (ankle) and tight end Ryan Taylor (illness) were held out of practice. Defensive end/linebacker Mike Neal (ankle), linebacker Nick Perry (foot) and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (knee) were limited.”

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) participated fully, and will start on Sunday.

In other Bears news, the team signed receiver Chris Williams from the Saints' practice squad and waived defensive tackle Christian Tupou. Williams entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Dolphins in 2009 out of New Mexico State.

As a rookie, Williams spent time on the Browns' practice squad before signing in 2010 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Williams set a CFL record in 2012 with six return touchdowns, while gaining 1,117 yards on punt returns and catching 83 passes for 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns.