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Bears: Hester out but Maynard will punt

CHICAGO -- As expected, Chicago won’t have receiver Devin Hester (calf), safety Al Afalava (knee) and safety Kevin Payne (ankle) for Monday night’s game against Minnesota.

Punter Brad Maynard, however, warmed up well and will punt despite a sore groin muscle.

With Payne and Afalava sidelined, the Bears are expected to start Craig Steltz and Josh Bullocks as their safeties in the base defense. Yeesh.