Hester has been dealing with a variety of injuries the past month and a half which has limited his impact in the return game. His last return touchdown came against the Lions on Nov. 13. Hester was listed as questionable heading into the Christmas night contest.
Meantime, running back Marion Barber was inactive because of an injured calf, so Kahlil Bell was expected to be the featured runner in the Bears backfield with Matt Forte still recovering from an MCL sprain.
Rookie quarterback Nathan Enderle was also inactive, which made Caleb Hanie the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Josh McCown. Enderle, the club's 2011 fifth-round pick out of Idaho, has now failed to dress 11 times this year.
The Packers' inactives were: Quarterback Graham Harrell, cornerback Davon House, linebacker Frank Zombo, tackles Bryan Bulaga and Chad Clifton, defensive end Ryan Pickett and wide receiver Greg Jennings.
Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.