Bears' back Benson carted off with bad shoulder

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears running back
Cedric Benson left practice Friday night on a cart after injuring his left


Coach Lovie Smith said more would be known Saturday morning
after X-rays are taken. Benson had his arm and shoulder in a sling
as he was taken from Ward Field at Olivet Nazarene University.

The Bears' No. 1 2005 draft pick was struck by linebacker Brian
Urlacher and then safety Mike Brown after catching a pass over the

"He broke through, a freak accident -- those kind of things
happen," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Hopefully it isn't too

Urlacher said, "I don't know what happened. I turned around and
he was on the ground and I went back to the huddle. That's all I
remember. I don't even know if I was the one to hit him."

An injury for any length of time could leave the Bears short on
running backs.

Backup Thomas Jones, the team's leading rusher last year, is out
indefinitely with a pulled hamstring.

Fifth-year back Adrian Peterson was the second-leading rusher
last year for the Bears with 391 yards on 76 carries.

Benson rushed for 272 yards on 67 carries but missed the final
six games with a strained right collateral knee ligament.

Also Friday, starting wide receiver Bernard Berrian left
practice with a right hip-flexor injury.

Earlier in the day, guard Terrence Metcalf and wide receiver
Airese Currie underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after
experiencing knee pain. They both had missed practices the previous