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Hester not losing his kickoff-returner job just yet

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Hester not losing his kickoff-returner job just yet

When special-teams convene at Halas Halas during this weeks minicamp, it was apparent that Devin Hester is not losing one of the jobs that one day could put him in the Hall of Fame.

Hester is back returning kickoffs, something that might have seemed less likely after the Bears signed former Pro Bowl returner Eric Weems. Weems is sharing returns with Hester but Hester is still our No. 1 kickoff returner, confirmed special-teams coordinator Dave Toub.

When we need a big one, Devin is going to be in there. We have the luxury of having Eric Weems. There will be times when we have them both back there. Well kind of trick people in terms of whos getting the ball.

That will be done by lining both up deep, then moving one up quickly. And Hester could be used to steer opposing kickoffs toward Weems, who is a different type of returner from Hester.

Depending on the nature of the opposing coverage units, the Bears will have a true option for kind of runback. It was what the Bears had with Hester and Danieal Manning and Hester and Johnny Knox.

Hester is more of an outside guy, Toub said. He wants to make people miss and get outside. Weems is a north and south, physical type returner. Hes going to break a lot of tackles but he fits our scheme really well.

We try to block people and have a point of attack. Hes going to be able to hit that thing exactly where we want it. Were excited about Eric Weems.

Matt Nagy gives update on the state of Khalil Mack's ankle

Matt Nagy gives update on the state of Khalil Mack's ankle

The Bears have seemingly dodged a bullet, for now. 

Following Tuesday's announcement that Khalil Mack would undergo further tests on the right ankle injury he sustained during Sunday's loss, Bears head coach had more optimistic news on Wednesday:

It could obviously get a lot worse than a day-to-day diagnosis, though not practicing on Wednesday might raise some eyebrows. 

It sounds like Mack is expected to be a go for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, though as the Bears saw with the Dolphins' QB situation last week, things can change in a heartbeat. 

Let's compare birthday boy Dan Pasqua to Daniel Palka

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Let's compare birthday boy Dan Pasqua to Daniel Palka

Daniel Palka was a phenomenon in 2018. But before there was Daniel Palka, there was Dan Pasqua. You might have heard the Palka/Pasqua comparisons on White Sox game broadcasts or within White Sox fan circles. Both are lefty sluggers with a similar build: Palka listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Pasqua at 6-foot-0 and 203 ppounds. Both led the White Sox in home runs in their age-26 seasons: Pasqua with 20 in 1988, Palka with 27 in 2018. And hey, they have the same first name and last initial!

Pasqua, nicknamed “The Hammer,” turned 57 years old Wednesday. Let’s learn a few more things about him.

— He was a teammate of John Elway (for four games with Oneonta of the New York-Pennsylvania League in 1982), Bo Jackson (with the White Sox from 1991 to 1993) and Michael Jordan (for four games with Birmingham of the Southern League in 1994).

— He was the 1985 International League MVP with the Columbus Clippers.

— He homered in his MLB debut on May 30, 1985, with the Yankees

— He was Sports Illustrated’s 1987 preseason pick to lead the American League in home runs. He finished with 17, only 32 behind Mark McGwire.

— He hit a Comiskey Park roof shot on May 30, 1989.

— He hit the last triple (and had the last RBI) in Comiskey Park history on Sept. 30, 1990.

— He hit a 484-foot home run, the third-longest by a White Sox player in Guaranteed Rate Field history, on April 27, 1991.

— He finished his MLB career with 117 home runs, tied with all-time great outfielders Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Ichiro Suzuki.

And finally, let’s compare Pasqua to Palka statistically. Since Palka had 449 career plate appearances through the end of the 2018 season, here's the duo's numbers through their first 449 career MLB plate appearances.