Bears’ Martellus Bennett out for Packers game

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Sep 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) runs past Green Bay Packers free safety Micah Hyde (33) during his touchdown reception in the second half at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It’s the nature of the NFL, but it’s still been pretty frustrating for Bears fans in 2015.

If it’s not Jay Cutler than it’s Alshon Jeffery. When he returned, then Matt Forte went down. Oh, and Eddie Royal has been out the past three games too.

So now when the Bears finally welcome Forte back to the lineup for their Thursday night game with the Packers, once again another key offensive player is out.

This time it’s tight end Martellus Bennett, who will be out of the Thanksgiving showdown with an injury to his ribs.

It’s the first game that he’s missed all season long as he joins Royal (Knee) and running back Ka’Deem Carey (head) on the sidelines at Lambeau Field.

Bennett injured his ribs during the Bears’ 17-15 loss on Sunday to the Broncos at Soldier Field. In that game he had two catches for 26 yards but did draw a critical pass interference call that allowed the Bears to get their first touchdown of the game in the final minute. A failed two-point conversion kept the Bears from sending the game to overtime.

While a bit off the pace from his 2014 season when he caught 90 passes Bennett has been a solid part of the Bears’ offense. He’s made a team-high 50 catches on the season for 425 yards and three touchdowns.

In Week 4 Bennett made a season-high 11 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ first win of the season over the Raiders. He was just as critical in another victory on November 9th against the Chargers, catching eight passes for 57 yards and a score.

His other touchdown came in Week 1 against the Packers on a late scoring throw from Jay Cutler in a 21-23 Bears loss at Soldier Field.

Not only will the team miss his pass catching ability but also his blocking, which plays a critical role in Adam Gase’s offense. Zach Miller will step in as he enjoys one of the best stretches of his career as he’s caught ten passes and three touchdowns in the last three games for the Bears.

Khari Lee, who was acquired in a trade with the Texans before the season, will see more time in a backup role. He has yet to make a catch this season.